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Rekindled fire keeps local crews busy overnight

Friday, May 11, 2108 — Billowing, black smoke was seen for miles around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, evidence of a fire due east of TreeHouse Foods on the 30000 block of W. 152nd St.

W. 152nd St. Fire

Black smoke trailing through the sky was seen for miles around due to a structure fire on W. 152nd St. Thursday, May 10. (Photo by Brittany Zegers)

Fire units from Wood Heights, Lawson, Fishing River and Excelsior Springs responded to the blaze, finding a two-car detached garage fully involved. Wood Heights Fire Protection District Fire Chief Lee O’Dell said that units placed the fire under control at approximately 8:15 p.m. and cleared the scene about an hour later. No injuries were reported.

In the early morning hours of Friday, May 11, crews were again dispatched to the scene after receiving a call stating there were flames and smoke coming from the garage.

O’Dell said units arrived on scene shortly after 4:44 a.m. to find a small pile of rubbish burning in the corner of the garage and were able to put out the remaining debris with a minimal amount of water.

“The second call was not a second fire, but rather a hidden fire that redeveloped after units left the scene the night before,” O’Dell said. “This happens sometimes due to the amount of debris and materials that ‘hide’ embers and fire until the redevelopment.”

O’Dell said this type of fire is a rekindling.

“This sometimes cannot be prevented but is addressed with the same safety in mind as the initial fire,” O’Dell continued.

The homeowner stated that he placed a riding lawn mower in the garage about an hour to an-hour-and-a-half before noticing the fire.

“Due to the extent of the damage, the exact cause is unknown, but thought to be caused by the riding mower,” O’Dell finished.

By Standard Staff •

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