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Crews battle fire early-morning at Sonic off East 40 Highway

Sonic Fire off East 4- highway
Posted at 10:07 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 11:07:45-05

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A little after 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Kansas City Fire Department put out a fire at a Sonic just off East 40 Highway.

Battalion Chief Travis Williams said the the biggest problem crews had were void spaces above a freezer towards the back of the building, which allowed for a lot of fire in the ceiling.

"It's pretty significant heat in a building this size," Williams said. "It traps it, because it's all concrete. But the crews did a great job and we're now just in overhaul mode and getting everything torn out and making sure that it doesn't rekindle."

Throughout the early morning, many of the firefighters were focused on the roof of the Sonic building.

"We have heavy equipment on top of the roof, particularly the AC unit," Williams said. "It's sagging a little bit and so we just want to make sure it's safe and doesn't get hurt from it falling through."

No injuries were reported. Fire investigators are determining the cause and where it started.