This week a HUGE blaze displaced more than a dozen people and earned national news coverage as victims were forced to flee amid treacherous smoke-filled hallways.
Here are more deets on the tragedy and a glimpse at the sketchy circumstances that preceded the dangerous situation . . .
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said someone lit the main stairwell on fire just before 12:30 a.m. Friday.
It happened at the Stonegate Meadows apartments near East 42nd Street and Pittman Road. People on the second and third floors had to be rescued.
A resident said he couldn't leave through the hallway stairs because it was burning — and firefighters were trying to extinguish the flames. Instead, he and his loved ones were rescued by a ladder truck . . . Complaints show lack of working smoke detectors, broken doors, intruders into apartment unit common areas.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A fire overnight in Kansas City, Missouri, that injured 15 people, including nine children, is now part of a criminal investigation. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed investigators determined the fire had been intentionally set. Fire crews were called to an apartment building near E.
Escape blocked for some residents of KC apartment complex after fire 'intentionally set' in stairwell
Two children remained in critical condition Friday evening and 13 others were hospitalized after a Kansas City apartment building was intentionally set on fire.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said someone lit the main stairwell on fire just before 12:30 a.m. Friday.
KMBC 9 Investigates has learned the Kansas City Healthy Homes program has already investigated 11 complaints about the Stonegate Meadows apartments in 2022. Some of those complaints to the healthy homes program have been resolved, according to city 311 records. Five cases remain open.The city's healthy homes program investigated at least 23 complaints in 2021, according to city records.
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