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Downtown Overland Park KS on fire. Out of control.
eyewitness | 3/1/06 | Mercat

Posted on 03/01/2006 4:32:36 PM PST by Mercat

Downtown Overland Park is on fire. Sounds like about half of it is gutted. The fire is being seen from as far away as 50 miles. Source was an old cluttered art gallery.


TOPICS: US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: fire; kansas; overlandpark
Any Kansas freepers out there?
1 posted on 03/01/2006 4:32:38 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

No way! *Sticks on news*


2 posted on 03/01/2006 4:33:08 PM PST by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Mercat

I'm not seeing anything on Wichita stations.


3 posted on 03/01/2006 4:34:31 PM PST by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Mercat

Is Sprint on fire?


4 posted on 03/01/2006 4:35:10 PM PST by GianniV
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To: Mercat

Is Sprint on fire?


5 posted on 03/01/2006 4:35:11 PM PST by GianniV
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To: Mercat

TROP?


6 posted on 03/01/2006 4:35:24 PM PST by 1rudeboy (hehe)
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To: Mercat

that would be plastered all over the TV stations, thats a big area


7 posted on 03/01/2006 4:35:37 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: GianniV

No, the Sprint Campus is several miles away.


8 posted on 03/01/2006 4:36:40 PM PST by Mercat (I trust George W.)
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To: Mercat

Huge fire breaks out in downtown Overland Park

By BRAD COOPER The Kansas City Star

A huge fire broke out in the downtown Overland Park business district shortly before 5 p.m. this evening.

Flames appeared to have originated at Gil Rumsey’s Gallery across from the landmark clock tower adjacent to the city’s farmer’s market. Thick, black smoke billowed skyward as popping sounds resonated near the ground.

Heat from the flames could be felt 25 yards away, and a smell like burnt plastic permeated the air.

At least one vehicle also was on fire. Nearby businesses include a swimsuit shop, a law office and a bar.

Several hundred people gathered in the area, and some were splashed with water that firefighters directed at the flames. Many were taking photos on their cell phones.

9 posted on 03/01/2006 4:36:52 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Mercat

wow!


10 posted on 03/01/2006 4:38:15 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Mercat
Overland Park, KC as seen from above..........


11 posted on 03/01/2006 4:38:45 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: TomGuy

Wow, you can feel the heat a whole 25 yards away? ;)


12 posted on 03/01/2006 4:40:25 PM PST by Maury
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To: hole_n_one
Hi-Res pic is here

Source

13 posted on 03/01/2006 4:40:29 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: TomGuy

Thanks. This is the first I've heard that the law offices were threatened. I have a good friend in those offices and I just emailed him. Our families have been going to the Dragon Inn for decades so I hope that they are okay. Prayers for anyone affected.


14 posted on 03/01/2006 4:40:54 PM PST by Mercat (I trust George W.)
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To: hole_n_one

I can see my house and office.


15 posted on 03/01/2006 4:41:36 PM PST by Mercat (I trust George W.)
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To: hole_n_one

That's a very small portion of Overland Park. This picture shows the area around Metcalf Ave. and College Blvd. Downtown Overland park would be directly north, roughly 2-3 miles.


16 posted on 03/01/2006 4:41:41 PM PST by hmmmmm
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To: Mercat
The net is your friend. Fire has consumed less than one city block of the downtown district - an art gallery is destroyed, and a restaurant and neighboring business have sustained water and smoke damage. High winds are hampering efforts to contain the blaze.

KMBC TV link here

17 posted on 03/01/2006 4:41:53 PM PST by 1stMarylandRegiment (Conserve Liberty)
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To: Mercat

I grew up near there, but I don't recall anyplace I'd call a "downtown." It's a suburb of K.C.


18 posted on 03/01/2006 4:42:37 PM PST by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: Mercat


Fire Rages In Historic OP District


Art Gallery On Santa Fe Drive Destroyed

POSTED: 5:15 pm CST March 1, 2006 UPDATED: 6:18 pm CST March 1, 2006

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Crews are battling a raging fire in an historic business district at Santa Fe Drive and 79th Street.

NewsChopper 9's Johnny Rowlands reported that the three-alarm fire is consuming part of the city block and may involve several businesses, including an art gallery and a restaurant and bar.

The art gallery appears to be destroyed, and several nearby businesses have suffered smoke and water damage.

Rowlands reported that gusty winds are complicating the problem and that crews are struggling to contain the fire.

A roof collapsed on one of the buildings, Rowlands reported. The blaze was so intense it caused a car parked in front of the building to catch fire.

No injuries have been reported.

KMBC's Peggy Breit reported that thick, black smoke is hanging over much of the city and that there are hundreds of spectators in the area. . Traffic is being rerouted in the district.
19 posted on 03/01/2006 4:43:11 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: colorado tanker

Downtown Overland Park is the old downtown. It's West of Metcalf and about 79th street. It's been thriving lately with a wonderful farmer's market, specialty shops, lots of art galleries, coffee shops, antiques. This is devastating.


20 posted on 03/01/2006 4:44:26 PM PST by Mercat (I trust George W.)
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To: colorado tanker

"Downtown" OP starts at about 79th St, from Metcalf to the west. Santa Fe Trail Dr. runs thru there.


21 posted on 03/01/2006 4:46:32 PM PST by hmmmmm
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To: hole_n_one

Sunny and warm? Feeling hot, hot, hot.


22 posted on 03/01/2006 4:48:16 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: Mercat

Did the gallery have a cartoon wing?


23 posted on 03/01/2006 4:50:22 PM PST by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
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To: 1rudeboy
No, this was not Islamic terrorists.

It really gets old seeing every fire, explosion, building collapse, train wreck, plane crash, etc. blamed on terrorists.

Sometimes a fire is just a fire.

24 posted on 03/01/2006 4:52:37 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: COEXERJ145

Whew! That answers #23.


25 posted on 03/01/2006 4:54:41 PM PST by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
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To: Mercat; hmmmmm

Looks like a bad fire.


26 posted on 03/01/2006 4:56:16 PM PST by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: Mercat

I'd say less than 2 miles from me....TV 'copters were hovering for quite a while. I heard it's an art gallery, they think everyone got out, and paints and what-not are burning pretty good.


27 posted on 03/01/2006 4:56:48 PM PST by Overtaxed
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To: Maury
Wow, you can feel the heat a whole 25 yards away?

More stupid reporting!!

You can feel the heat from my BBQ pit nearly that far.
28 posted on 03/01/2006 5:17:56 PM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: Crazieman

I'm looking out my window to the west, where Kansas City would be, and I'm not seeing anything in the way of fire.


29 posted on 03/01/2006 5:19:55 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Another Blizzard Coming to Northeast in early March)
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To: TomGuy

Oh no! First it was don knotts, now OP is on fire!!!


30 posted on 03/01/2006 5:20:27 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Mercat

I zoomed in on your house and I think you left your iron on.


31 posted on 03/01/2006 5:20:42 PM PST by freeplancer
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To: Mercat

In 1978, there used to be a disco right next to the tower called "Bananas". Do you remember? Am I just old?


32 posted on 03/01/2006 5:21:46 PM PST by freeplancer
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To: freeplancer

You can get a great steak in KCMO.


33 posted on 03/01/2006 5:23:30 PM PST by battlegearboat
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To: Mercat

Hope they do get it under control.


34 posted on 03/01/2006 5:24:14 PM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: COEXERJ145
I was engaging in a bit of sardonic humor aimed at the knee-jerk wing here. Check my "tagline."

And yes, I find it as annoying as you do.

35 posted on 03/01/2006 5:31:26 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
My misunderstanding then.

It does get old seeing everything from a car wreck to a plane crash blamed on terrorists. Way too many people on this forum see any and everything as a terrorist act.

I'm sure the real terrorists are just sitting back laughing knowing that they don't have to do anything in order for people to panic.

36 posted on 03/01/2006 5:41:52 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: COEXERJ145

My favorite TROP knee-jerk thread occurred earlier this summer. Some poor bloke had the misfortune of being beheaded on a London street in broad daylight. Hours of, ahem, ethnically- and religiously-based speculation followed, until it was discovered that the event was the unfortunate culmination of a homsexual lover's quarrel. I'm sure even Mullah Omar had a laugh over that one.


37 posted on 03/01/2006 6:10:33 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Yeah, same for a gang rape that a woman said happened to her at Disney World.

Most of the thread was about blaming Muslims or Mexicans when it turns out the suspects were French.

38 posted on 03/01/2006 6:13:07 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: freeplancer

I zoomed in on your house and I think you left your iron on.

OMG tooooo funny.


39 posted on 03/01/2006 11:01:39 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: COEXERJ145
Did you see this?

Investigators Clear Disney Employees Of Alleged Rape

40 posted on 03/03/2006 2:30:01 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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