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Lee's Summit Fire Department extinguishes fire at pool store

Building considered a total loss
The Water Hole fire
Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-24 23:34:51-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 10:34 p.m. | According to the Lee's Summit Fire Department, crews had the fire under control by 7:25 p.m. However, the next several hours were spent extinguishing hot spots.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department Haz-Mat 71 was called to monitor air quality and water run-off until the situation was under control due to the pool chemicals involved in the incident.

An LSFD news release states the fire originated on the building's south side and quickly spread to the rest of the structure. And at the time of the fire, the business was closed and unoccupied due to the holiday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office — the building is considered a total loss.

UPDATE, 6:32 p.m. | The National Weather Service of Kansas City reports that Highway 50 has reopened. However, smoky conditions continue to reduce visibility in the area. Drivers are advised to use caution when traveling near this interchange.

EARLIER | The Lee's Summit Fire Department is responding to a fire at 401 southeast Oldham Parkway.

The building on fire is a pool store called The Water Hole.

Smoke from the fire has traveled to Highway 50 and Missouri Route 291 slowing traffic, according to Kansas City Scout camera footage.

"Multiple callers passing by on 50 Highway reported smoke and fire coming from the back of the pool supply business," an LSFD release said. "When the fire department arrived, heavy smoke and fire was coming from the building."

The release also said that, because of the decreased visibility, Highway 50 is being closed between the east and west junctions of Missouri Route 291 and LSFD asked the public to avoid the area.

"Kansas City Fire Department Haz-Mat and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have been contacted to respond and assist with monitoring for any additional hazards," the release said.

There are no reported injuries related to the fire.

This is a developing story.