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Lee's Summit fire crews battle 2-alarm blaze at Newco Manufacturing

Newco Manufacturing fire
Newco Manufacturing fire
Posted at 2:15 PM, May 29, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire at Newco Manufacturing on Wednesday.

Fire crews first responded to the blaze about 11:09 a.m.

A caller told the department there was a fire in the paint room of the 15,000-square-foot business.

On arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the building; an evacuation was already underway.

No injuries were reported. A two-alarm response was called for additional personnel and equipment, including Kansas City, Missouri, crews.

Due to heavy fire conditions and a partial roof collapse, fire crews initially used a defensive attack from the outside of the building.

Firefighters later entered the building to work the fire before it was extinguished around 3 p.m.

The fire originated in the paint booth. A spark from grinding/sanding metal in the booth likely ignited nearby combustibles in the booth, according to a Lee's Summit Fire Department news release.