25 houses damaged in huge Overland Park fire

The fire began around 3:30 p.m.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KSHB) -
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
 
Fire investigators have completed their initial investigation into the cause of an 8-alarm fire on an apartment complex under construction. They have determined that fire was an accident. 
 
Fire officials say that a welder accidentally ignited wooden building materials, and that caused the fire. The wind on Monday helped the fire spread quickly, also causing damage to 25 homes in a nearby neighborhood. 
 
Residents of damaged homes have been contacted by fire officials, and they are working to start the recovery process. 
 
Three firefighters were injured during the fire. 
 
 
 
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TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE
 
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries, and 17 houses were damaged in a huge fire near Kansas City.

An apartment complex under construction caught fire in Overland Park Monday night. Our sister station at KSHB in Kansas City reports construction materials and chemicals inside the apartment building may have caused the fire to spread more quickly.

The two apartment buildings being built were destroyed. A fire department spokesman, Jason Rhodes, said it looked like "a bit of a war zone."
 

 

The house fires and apartment fires are now under control, and crews were keeping an eye out for hot spots Tuesday morning. Firefighters say everyone has been accounted for.

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Crews are battling a fire at The Royale at CityPlace in Overland Park.

Firefighters were called to the apartment complex at College Boulevard and Nieman Road around 3:30 p.m. Monday. The building is still under construction.

Several homes in the area have also caught fire due to wind.  The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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