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10 residents displaced in Overland Park apartment fire Tuesday

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Posted at 8:13 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 13:16:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fire officials say 10 people were displaced by an early morning fire at the Aspen Lodge Apartments in Overland Park on Tuesday.

First units on scene from Overland Park, Lenexa and Shawnee reported heavy fire visible from the roof of a two-story apartment building with evacuation in progress.

A partial roof collapse briefly interrupted the search effort, but all occupants were accounted for and all apartments were confirmed clear.

Crews had the fire under control in about 40 minutes. An adjacent building suffered very minor roof damage from exposure to the fire.

Ten residents from six apartments are displaced, eight of whom are being relocated within the complex. The Red Cross is assisting the remaining two.

The building sustained significant damage and is expected to be a total loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Overland Park fire crews were called to the Aspen Lodge Apartment complex just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The complex, at 10217 W 81st Ter., is just east of West 81st Street and Switzer Street.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Officials said there were reports of a "loud bang" when the fire was called in.