KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department responded to a fire at an apartment building on East 42nd Street near Pittman Road early Friday morning.
When crews got to the scene after 12:30 a.m., a fire could be seen from the front of the three-story building, where the stairwell was. Both the second and third floors were on fire.
Firefighters were able to rescue people from the building using ladders.
Nine children and six adults were taken to four area hospitals after the incident, according to KCFD.
Officials said two children were taken in critical condition and five adults have serious injuries.
Some of the victims are being treated for smoke inhalation and are being observed overnight.
Here’s a much clearer view of the damage this building sustained in this fire. pic.twitter.com/YE8zqVvOig
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It took five fire chiefs, four pumper trucks, one rescue truck, three aerial trucks and 10 ambulances to bring the scene under control.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KCFD also said one person went back into the building and barricaded themselves inside. They had to be forcibly removed and were taken into custody for going into a secured scene against police orders.