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Fire destroys storage facility in KCK

Posted at 10:26 PM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 23:26:29-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — A massive fire destroyed a store facility Saturday afternoon at 10th St. and Splitlog Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas.

KCK fire officials believe the blaze started shortly after 1:30 p.m. It burned for several hours and a tower of smoke could be seen from miles away.

Doug Spangler owned the buildings that burned and said watching the flames tear through his property was devastating.

"I've never experienced anything like this," he said. "I mean, it's terrible."

Spangler said the 20,000-square-foot building included 27 individual units filled with antiques, furniture and other irreplaceable items.

"It's a warehouse," he said. "It has a lot of goods in it that are made for resale, vehicles and various tenants that lease the building."

KCK Assistant Fire Chief Morris Letcher said when the flames spread as fast as they did, it's tough to battle the fire.

"One of the difficult things about the fire spreading is you don't know what's inside the building," he said.

Spangler said the buildings have been around for more than 100 years and he believes they are now a total loss.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported and investigators do not yet know a cause.