Fire Prevention & Protection

Officials Rule Deadly Liberty Apartment Fire Accidental

Matt Newman knew something wasn’t right when he opened the door to his apartment early Tuesday after arriving home from his assembly-line job, reports kansascity.com.

“When I entered further, I could smell the smoke so I knew something was burning. I didn’t know what. There was a lot of smoke in the bedrooms and the bathroom.”

When he raced through the breezeway to the front of the 22-unit building, he saw flames in a first-floor apartment. A person inside appeared to be trying to put out the fire, Newman said.

As Newman waited for his 911 call to go through, he yelled at the neighbor to get everybody out. A friend, Michael Lynch, who had popped over to hang out with Newman, pulled the fire alarm and started knocking on doors.

The fire killed the resident in the apartment where the fire started. It injured another person and destroyed multiple units of the three-story building in the Jefferson Park Apartments complex at 1230 Missouri Court, near Missouri 291.

Fire officials later praised “the quick actions” of those who alerted residents. They also said the fire will be ruled as accidental, and that the state fire marshal’s investigation could not rule out electrical issues.

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