Missouri: Kansas City Burning

Kansas City Burning

"Explosion just as we pulled up in here. Get us all kinds of ambulances." That urgent message was radioed by fire battalion chief Marion Germann moments after a huge explosion at a Kansas City construction site last week. At 4 a.m. two engines manned by six fire fighters had raced to battle a blaze engulfing a pickup truck. They had barely arrived at the scene when the powerful blast erupted in a nearby trailer.

Though Germann was a quarter-mile from the scene, the force of the explosion shattered the windshield of his car. As far as ten miles away, houses shook,...

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