Several residents were displaced by a pair of early morning fires at an Independence apartment complex that fire department officials say were intentionally set.

Several residents were displaced by a pair of early morning fires at an Independence apartment complex that fire department officials say were intentionally set.


Firefighters were called to the Timber Wind apartment complex nearly East 14th Street South and South Cunningham Avenue at about 12:50 a.m., according to a fire official.


Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke pouring from the second floor of the building. They were told that a second fire was in a second building, prompting firefighters to work back and forth.


Thirty-five residents were forced from two 12-unit buildings, according to chief fire inspector Gene Gould.


No one was injured in the fires, though Gould said that they were started in a similar manner. One building had multiple sets of fires in lower level rooms, possibly in laundry or storage rooms.


One building suffered about $30,000 in damage, while the other suffered about $125,000 in damages.


Gould said the investigation has been turned over to the police department, though he did not know as of Thursday morning if any suspects had been identified.


The Red Cross assisted 17 people with finding lodging for the night. The others found their own shelter or went to stay with relatives. Gould said it’s likely the some of those displaced will return tonight to one of the apartment buildings.


Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).