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Officials: Overland Park home where 2 people died in fire had no working smoke detectors

10307 Westgate St fatal fire Overland park
Posted at 5:54 AM, Jun 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 16:30:32-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people were killed and a third person was was taken to the hospital in an Overland Park house fire overnight.

Jason Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Overland Park Fire Department, said there were no working fires alarms inside the home.

Emergency crews were called to the 10307 block of Westgate Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday, officials say.

Crews arrived on scene to find a working fire in the home with reports of people trapped inside.

According to the department, six people were trapped in the home.

"Several people inside the house some are able to self evacuate. Some are able to assist other people evacuating," Overland Park Fire Chief Bryan Dehner said.

Firefighters from Lenexa and Overland Park immediately began search and rescue operations while working to extinguish the fire.

A man and woman were found deceased in the home. The person who was taken to a hospital is now in stable condition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"We just remind everyone that working smoke detectors is pretty important," Dehner said. "So please make sure you have working smoke detectors and if you need assistance or need one, call your local fire department, we have to give you one for free."

Rhodes said the victim's names will not be released until family is notified. He also said it's taking longer to do so because the family lives outside of the United States.