The Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to one structure fire among the nine fireworks-related calls they received during a two-week stretch that coincided with Independence Day.
From June 23 through July 7, the department responded to five fireworks-related grass fires, two dumpster fires, one illegal burning and one structure fire that damaged a duplex and sent the occupants seeking shelter from the American Red Cross.
The July 4 structure fire began at 9:45 p.m. at a duplex in the 800 block of N.E. Banner Dr. According to the LSFD, a caller reported fireworks hit the side of the duplex and caused the deck to catch fire.
The majority of the fire involved the deck and back of one of the units. Firefighters were able to control the fire on the back of the building just as it was spreading into the attic and the inside of the house. A search of the entire building confirmed that everyone was outside and the fire was under control by 10:26 p.m.
LSFD officials said fire damage was contained to the back of the building, a portion of the attic over both units, and the kitchen area just inside of the back door to the deck of unit B. The entire duplex sustained varying amounts of smoke damage.
The fire was caused by the improper use of fireworks by the occupants of the unit where the fire originated and the fireworks ignited mattresses and upholstered furniture stored under the deck.
The Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the 10 occupants of the units displaced by the fire.
In a related note, Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue said fireworks-related calls to the department for service were down slightly this year and there were no large incidents reported.
The Lee’s Summit Police Department received this year 158 fireworks-related calls between June 28 and July 6. The number of calls dipped slightly this year from 170 in 2013 and 177 in 2012.