FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2017
Fire and EMS crews have been released from the scene of Tuesday’s massive warehouse fire at 2915 Southwest Boulevard. Fire Investigators and KCMO Dangerous Buildings Division remain on the site and have declared that the structure is not safe to enter. All utilities have been disconnected and secured, and firefighters will remain prepared to douse flare ups.
This is an ongoing investigation and the cause of the fire remains undetermined, but investigators are satisfied that there was no suspicious activity beforehand. The structure had sustained roof and water damage from last Saturday’s storm. Water damage related to the storm had already rendered the inventory a total loss; determination of loss related to the fire will accordingly focus solely on the structure itself.
Friday’s Only Furniture Outlet has a long history in the neighborhood and has occupied a building with an even longer history. The simultaneous loss of an established business and a historic structure is indeed tragic. However, fire officials said they are thankful there were no injuries to civilians or KCFD crews and no damage to neighboring businesses or structures.
“I praise the first arriving fire crews and Battalion Chief, who made excellent tactical and strategic decisions to fight this fire defensively and stop this fire in the building of origin,” KCFD Chief Paul Berardi said. “The elevated heat index coupled to extreme radiant heat from the blaze made working conditions exhausting and potentially dangerous to firefighters. Firefighters were aggressive in their effort to ensure that loss was stopped at the involved structure. I am exceptionally proud of the commitment shown by KCFD’s Fire and EMS personnel to the protection of the public’s safety and livelihood, and thank them for their outstanding work throughout this incident.”
Media inquires can be directed to Deputy Chief James Garrett by email or 816-346-1982.