Ammo ignites in vacant home fire

Kansas City, Kan., fire crews were endangered and had to back out of a residential building in the early morning hours Wednesday when ammunition started to go off.

According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, firefighters responded to a fire at 2128 S. 26th St. about 1:58 a.m. April 23.

Crews, responding within 4 minute, saw heavy fire coming from the roof of the one-story wood-framed residential building, the spokesman said. They were told it was vacant.

After ammunition started to go off, crews fought the fire in a defensive mode because of safety concerns, the spokesman said. The fire was brought under control in 25 minutes. The BPU also was called to take care of downed power lines.

The estimated damage was $52,000, a total loss, according to a Fire Department report.

The fire is under investigation, the spokesman said. Despite being under fire, firefighters were not injured.


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