Roof collapses in home fire on South 16th

The roof collapsed in a fire at a vacant home about 1:02 p.m. June 17 at 129 S. 16th.

Fire crews, who arrived within 2 minutes of the call, fought the heavy fire coming from the roof of the two-story wood-framed residential structure, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Crews were inside the building when it had to be evacuated because the roof was collapsing.

Strong wind gusts and downed power lines hampered the fire crews’ efforts, according to the spokesman.

Firefighters continued to fight the fire from the exterior, and brought the fire under control within 50 minutes. Crews remained on the scene hitting hot spots.

Three workers injured when chlorine pump explodes at Legend Oak apartments

Three maintenance workers at the Legend Oak Apartment complex, 7640 Garfield Court, were injured when a chlorine pump exploded early today.

The three were trying to turn on the swimming pool chlorine pump, which was in a common storage area under the main office by the pool, according to a Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman.

The three workers were taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. One inhaled vapors from the chlorine; one had chlorine in his eyes; and the third was struck on the legs by shrapnel from the exploding pump.

Emergency workers from the Fire Department and HazMat personnel contacted the Unified Government Health and Environment Department, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about the incident.

Fire crews arrived at the site about 1:31 a.m., about 3 minutes after the call. The estimated property loss was $5,000.

Registration open for Camp Invention

by Kelly Rogge
Creativity is being inspired during Kansas City Kansas Community College’s week-long summer camp, Camp Invention.
Camp Invention is designed for elementary school students as a way to help them explore, tinker with ideas and be creative. There are two sessions this summer. The first is July 14 to 18 at the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. The second is July 21 to 25 at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Campus. Each session is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and tuition is $199. Discounts are available. Campers need to bring a sack lunch each day.
“Camp Invention is an amazing weeklong summer adventure where students entering grades one through six will brainstorm, tinker, create and invent without limits,” said Kylie Williamson, coordinator of community education for KCKCC. “Camp Invention allows kids to use their imagination while learning scientific principles.”
Camp Invention is a national program that KCKCC has held since 2008. Students who participate will use real tools, circuits and materials from the Inventor Supply Room to build their own original prototypes. They work in teams to rotate among different modules, allowing them to build upon what they learned the previous day. All activities are centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts. It is the only nationally-accredited summer enrichment day experience for elementary-aged children and is led by local certified educators. The program was first started in 1990 and since has served more than 1,200 sites in 49 states.
“They will create a personalized motor-powered vehicle and take apart electronics to construct an insect-themed pinball machine,” Williamson said. “I hope children learn new concepts and are inspired by inventors whose inventions have changed the world, all while having a blast building and creating things.”
For more information or to register, call 913-288-7660. Registration can also be completed by going to the KCKCC website, and selecting “Continuing Education.” Select “Continuing Education Schedule” and Personal Growth under Youth Programs.
Information about Camp Invention can be found at