Firemen rescue 7 from Shawnee apartment balconies

SHAWNEE, Kan. - Seven people were rescued from balconies after a fire broke out at the Carlyle Apartments in Shawnee Sunday night.

No one was injured in the fire, which was reported about 8:45 p.m. and brought under control around 9:30 p.m. However, the residents of 18 apartment units on 76th Street just east of Quivira Road were displaced. They were not being allowed to return to their homes Sunday night. Instead, the Carlyle clubhouse was made available for their use, and the Red Cross was on hand to offer assistance.

Johnson County Fire Marshal Corey Sands said the cause of the blaze had not yet been determined. While the fire was contained to one unit, Sands said, the smoke pouring out of that apartment led the residents of nearby apartments to fear that it was unsafe to flee through the hallways, and that led them to head for their balconies, from which firemen plucked them using a ladder truck.


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