OP fire likely caused by discarded cigarette

KSHB – February 10, 2017

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A large grass fire that broke out near US 69 and 143rd Street in Overland Park was likely caused by a discarded cigarette.

After 1 p.m. Friday, multiple fire departments were called to a series of grass fires along US 69 Highway. The Overland Park Fire Department said the fires stretched from about 139th Street to 151st Street.

Firefighters used fire trucks, smaller brush fire vehicles and shovels and brooms to extinguish the fires. OP fire said 143rd Street was briefly closed at US 69 so crews could get better access to the flames. The OP Fire Department said it took crews almost an hour to get the flames under control.

Crews are still on the scene putting out hotspots.

The OP Fire Department said no injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. The fires were mainly in areas of heavy brush and trees.

The Overland Park Fire Department said dry, windy and warm conditions contributed to the rapid spread of the grass fires. The department also said the fire is under investigation, but a likely cause is a discarded cigarette.

The OP Fire Department reminds smokers to completely extinguish smoking materials in sand or water before discarding.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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