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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Official Report on October 12, 2015 Double Firefighter-Fatality Fire on Kansas City MO's Independence Avenue

Time of Incident: 1927hrs
Date of Death: 10/12/2015
Fire Department: Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department
Address: 635 Woodland AVE, STE 2100, Kansas City, MO 64106
Fire Department Chief: Paul J. Berardi

Incident Description: Fire Apparatus Operator Larry J. Leggio and Firefighter John V. Mesh died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while working at the scene of an apartment building fire.

Multiple units were dispatched at 1927hrs on initial calls that indicated fire visible from the structure; additional units were dispatched as the incident escalated, with a full second alarm requested shortly after arrival.  
Tactical assignments were made, including establishing a Rapid Intervention Team, and crews began operating to effect fire suppression and occupant rescue, rescuing multiple occupants by ladder prior to deteriorating conditions and forcing a shift to defensive operations.
Evacuation was ordered at 1952hrs.  At approximately 2007hrs, a collapse was reported on the east side of the building.  
Two MAYDAY calls were received from the collapse area, indicating firefighters in urgent distress; four firefighters were reported trapped by the collapse.  
The Rapid Intervention Team witnessed the collapse and held their ground for no more than 10 seconds until Command ordered them to effect the rescue. 
They located, uncovered and removed several firefighters from the immediate area. 
The first ambulance transporting a firefighter departed the scene at approximately 2013hrs, arriving at Truman Medical Center (TMC) approximately five minutes later.  
A second emergency transport left the scene at approximately 2021hrs with arrival at TMC five minutes following.  
Both those firefighters, Fire Apparatus Operator Leggio and Firefighter Mesh, were pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics, nurses and doctors had attempted to revive them.  
A third firefighter was transported to University of Kansas Medical Center at 2023hrs and a fourth transported non-emergency to St Luke’s at approximately 2027hrs; their condition is still to be reported.

The cause of the fatal fire is being investigated by local, state, and federal authorities.

Incident Location: 2608 Independence Avenue

Monday, October 12, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Two Firefighters Dead in 4-Alarm Apartment/Retail Building Fire Near Old Northeast Kansas City MO

The fire is in the 2600 block of East Independence Avenue was reported about 7:25 pm Monday evening.

Three pumpers- two trucks and a rescue company with an EMS unit were sent on the first alarm.

Two residents of this building were initially rescued without injury.

Another chief- pumper- truck and EMS unit were 'still-alarmed' to the fire before a full 2nd-alarm was dispatched at 7:45 pm..

At 7:52 pm- all interior crews are ordered out of the building- a "defensive" firefight is commenced.

By 8 pm- an on-scene chief- by radio- has requested "a collapse zone be established" around the fire building.

At 8:06 pm- "a collapse" of part of the fire building is reported- on the southeast side of the structure closest to Snyder's grocery store to the east.

A 3rd-alarm was sounded as a "mayday" alarm- and six additional EMS units were sent to the scene for a reported "4 firefighters" injured in the collapse.

Two of the most critically-injured were taken to Truman Med Center (TMC-West).

The other two were transported to other medical centers with fairly minor injuries.

At 9 pm- the KC-MO Fire Chief publicly reports "two firefighters have died-" the two souls taken to TMC-West.

The scene wasn't declared under control until around midnight Tuesday morning.

The entire fire building except for the one-story portion closest to Prospect collapsed.

The north half of the remaining structure was still heavily-involved in fire with "4 master streams and 6 or 7 handlines" reported being used at 11:15 pm.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Fatality Crash in East Kansas City MO

KCPD is investigating what they initially reported at 1:50 am as "a hit and run" crash "involving a motorcycle" on westbound 23rd Street Trafficway just west of Blue Ridge Boulevard.

This is just past the southern border of Blue Summit.

Police reported the "male" cycle driver "was lying in the road-" and was declared dead on the scene.

There is no information regarding a possible "hit and run" suspect vehicle.

BREAKING NEWS: Two Shot Dead in Old Northeast Kansas City MO

KC-MO Police are investigating a double-fatal shooting scene in the 4800 block of E. Independence Avenue early Saturday morning.

Police and Fire/EMS were called to the scene beginning around 12:09 am..

Two minutes later- an officer confirmed "two" victims who died at the scene.

Suspects info heard was "two males- one Hispanic- one white-" who left eastbound on 'The Avenue' in a "blue- possibly Chevy Impala- 2010 model."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Multiple-Victim Shooting in Kansas City MO's 'Jazz District'

Police are looking for at least one person who opened fire in a "large crowd" in KC's Jazz District in the 1700 block of East 18th St..

The shots were fired around 2:40 am Sunday morning.  

So far- four victims are reported: two were at the scene and two others drove or were driven away.

All are males- and none of the four's injuries were life-threatening.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fatality Crash in Jefferson County Kansas

Just before 4:10 am Saturday morning- a one-vehicle crash involving three people occurred at the junction of KS Hwy. 4 and U.S. 59 on the southeast side of Nortonville KS..

Nortonville is in extreme northern Jefferson county about 40 miles northwest of Downtown Kansas City MO..

Occupants were reportedly "ejected" during the crash.

One person was declared dead at the scene by fire and EMS personnel by 4:30 am..

Another male patient had critical injuries- and was flown by LifeStar helicopter to an unknown medical trauma center.

This person reportedly later died of his injuries..

The third person had reported minor injuries.

Circumstances and cause of the crash is under investigation as of this post. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Metro Kansas City Juvenile Sports Injuries Reported

Area sports injuries monitored:

The first report was at 5:14 pm at the Campbell Middle school in Lee's Summit MO..  
A 13-year-old male football player is said to have suffered a non-major neck injury after being collar-tackled "around the neck from behind-" according an EMS report.

At 5:42 pm- Fort Osage Fire and EMS were sent to Fort Osage High school on a reported "head injury."  
This "16-year-old male was struck in the head by a soccer ball" but according to his EMS to hospital medical report- had minor injurious effects.

Both of the above injuries taken to Children's Mercy...

Just in is the report of another injured male at the high school football field in Wellington MO at 6:52pm..  FD/EMS dispatch stated the patient "couldn't move."

And at 8:02 pm- a "traumatic injury" was reported "on the football field." of Oskaloosa High school in Oskaloosa KS.

Nothing further on the latter two victims of sports.

Metro Kansas City Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Crashes

In addition to the fatality motorcycle-involved crash that closed southbound I-29 near KCI airport- cyclists continued to encounter hazardous driving conditions with other vehicles this early-fall Wednesday afternoon. 

Around 5:24 pm- a 24-year-old male suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries when his cycle was struck by a Jeep on Eastwood Trafficway just east of I-435.

Around 6:05 pm- a 43-year-old male had minor injuries after being forced off the road by an apparently inattentive motorist on M-291 south of M-150 in Lee's Summit MO..

There has been several other vehicle vs. vehicle crashes reported since 5:30 pm..

None so far involved fatalities or critical injuries.

BREAKING NEWS: An "armed male holed-up" in a room at Research Med Center

That's what indications are according to KC-MO Police radio traffic shortly before 4:30 pm Wednesday afternoon...

Research Med Center- located in south-central at Meyer Boulevard and Prospect- is one of the city's major trauma centers.

Research was reportedly "on lock-down" (closed to ambulances) as of 5:30 pm..

The hospital was back open to ambulances by 6:15 pm..

There are no further "official" details to this incident...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Pleasant Valley MO Shooting Under Investigation

At 12:42 am Sunday morning- Pleasant Valley EMS was sent to a residence in the 8200 block of Schell Street in Pleasant Valley on the report of "a male bleeding from the head."

Reportedly- the male's "wife came home and found" the victim with what police later reported to be "two gunshot wounds." 

He was transported to a Northland medical trauma center believed to be in critical condition.

As of 2 am- police didn't know if the gunshot wounds were the result of a suicide attempt or otherwise. 

BREAKING NEWS: Three Shot- 1 Killed in KC-MO Bar Shooting

KC-MO Police report two people were shot at a bar and grill in the 5700 block of Troost around 12:30 am Sunday morning.

One of the victims died at the scene- the other- reportedly a "46-year-old male" suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg.

This victim was possibly a bar employee- as EMS reports the man was "working" at the time he was shot.

Police reported "a black male" suspect left the scene in "a black station wagon with dark tinted windows."

About an hour later- a 3rd victim from this incident reportedly showed up at the emergency room of a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Miami County KS and Cass County MO Tornadoes Rated as EF-1

Friday evening brought an unexpected tornado-producing supercell to southern portions of Metro Kansas City.

No severe thunderstorm or tornado watch was in effect when the now-rated EF-1 tornado touched down around 6:09 pm just west of Waverly Road at about the West 26900 block- SW of Hillsdale Lake in NW Miami county KS..

A few homes and outbuildings along Waverly Road north of West 271st Street suffered damage.

The storm then moved slightly north of due east to the Scott Creek campground west of the Hillsdale lake dam- tossing several camping trailers and causing minor injuries to at least 2 people there.

The tornado- alternately lifting up only to touch down again- moved toward the small community of Hillsdale- tracked by deputies from the Miami County Sheriff's department.

Mostly minor damage was done to trees- outbuildings and a few homes as the funnel continue to skip east-northeastward until lifting into the thunderstorm in about the West 26000 block of Kenwood Road about 2 miles ESE of Hillsdale.

The parent thunderstorm continued to produce rotation and occasional funnels as it moved across north-central Miami county- north of Louisburg and across the Missouri state line near West Line.

Once again- a tornado formed east of West Line and tracked generally along Missouri Highway 2 toward Freeman.

Almost midway between West Line and Freeman sits the appropriately named Cass-Midway schools- where about 250 people had gathered for a scheduled Friday evening football game.

As the storm bearing the tornado approached just before 7 pm- those people took refuge in the school's basement before tornadic winds whipped around the building and the field where the game was to take place.

The tornado broke windows and did roof damage to the school- and tossed beachers- an outbuilding and destroyed the football field's scoreboard.

No one was hurt however.

The tornado grazed the north side of Freeman- before lifting about a mile and a half east of that small town.

The supercell storm continued toward the Cass county seat of Harrisonville and neighboring Johnson county MO- but no other tornadoes touched down.