Kansas City Missouri

Crews detonated part of the Fairfax bridge on Friday morning. (Photo by William Crum)
Crews detonated part of the Fairfax bridge on Friday morning. (Photo by William Crum)

Crews detonated part of the Fairfax bridge on Friday morning. (Photo by William Crum)
Crews detonated part of the Fairfax bridge on Friday morning. (Photo by William Crum)

Demolition started a little after 9 a.m. on the end truss of the Fairfax bridge on U.S. 69 Highway.

The Missouri Department of Transportation started with demolition of the end truss on the Kansas side at 9 a.m., then the demolition was scheduled on the other end this morning.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, this demolition is making way for a new $79 million replacement bridge.

North and southbound U.S. 69 was closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. because of the blast, KDOT said.

In this project, the Platte Purchase Bridge and Fairfax Bridge will be demolished, with a new single bridge built, according to KDOT officials. The new bridge will have multiple lanes and bike-pedestrian access. It is expected to open in December 2016.

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A fire at a home at 1129 Shawnee Ave. is under investigation as electrical, according to a Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman.

The fire occurred at 8:33 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13.

All the residents got out of the home after neighbors told them their house was on fire, according to the spokesman.

Three adults and four children, girls ages 13 and 4, and boys ages 11 and 9, lived at the home, according to the spokesman. The Red Cross was called to assist the family, the spokesman said.

When they arrived, three minutes after the call, fire crews saw heavy smoke coming from the attic of the one-story wood-framed residential building, the spokesman said.

The pre-fire value of the home was $70,000, and the estimated damage to the structure and contents was $78,000, according to the Fire Department.

There were no injuries, the spokesman said.

There were no smoke or fire detectors present, the Fire Department stated.

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