Independence firefighters put out yet another suspicious fire at a local apartment complex, one that had been the site of suspicious fires last week.

Independence firefighters put out yet another suspicious fire at a local apartment complex, one that had been the site of suspicious fires last week.


Mark Carrick, assistant fire chief, said firefighters were called about a fire at the Timber Wind apartment complex at 14th Street South and South Cunningham Avenue at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.


The significance of the address, where two early morning fires were set last week, wasn’t lost on Carrick.


“When I saw the address, we alerted police and investigators pretty quickly,” he said Thursday morning.


When firefighters arrived, flames and thick smoke poured out of the building, which was one of the units left vacant after last week’s fire. Carrick said the fire most likely started in the corner apartment on the middle floor.


The fires last week displaced about 35 residents, causing more than $100,000 in damages. Some residents still had their belongings stored inside until they could relocate elsewhere.


Wednesday night’s fire damage has not been determined, Carrick said. No one was injured Wednesday, and Carrick said firefighters extinguished the fire pretty quickly. At one point, he said there were heavy sparks, which caused some challenge.


Carrick said investigators and police are making a concerted effort to determine who or what has caused the fires.


“There’s definitely efforts afoot to get this thing resolved,” he said, adding many witnesses have been interviewed.


During last week’s fires, one building had several fires in lower level rooms, possibly in laundry or storage rooms, officials said.


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