Kansas City Fire Updates: Injuries and Loud Explosion Reported at Shopping District
A massive fire has broken out in Kansas City, Missouri at a shopping center. Shepard Smith reports that it’s believed a gas explosion started the fire. The number of injuries is unclear, but the local hospital says it’s expecting patients. Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.
UPDATE, 9:35p ET: According to the AP, an official reports 14 people were injured.
UPDATE, 8:20p ET: The AP is reporting that Kansas City police say it appears a car crashed into a gas main. Police spokeswoman Rhonda Flores said injuries were reported but she didn't know how many or how severe. She says an initial call for three ambulances had been increased to 10.
More details from The Associated Press: A massive fire is burning in an upscale shopping and entertainment district in Kansas City.
Fire officials didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday evening, but television video shows flames shooting out of the Country Club Plaza.
Footage showed dozens of firefighters and other emergency responders battling a massive blaze through heavy smoke, and debris littering surrounding streets.
The shopping area was established in 1922 by J.C. Nichols. Based on the architecture of Seville, Spain, it includes retail shops, restaurants, apartments and offices.