Several homes, apartment complex on fire in Overland Park

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The Overland Park Fire Department says the fire started in a portion of the four-story apartment complex that was under construction.

Firefighters responded to the apartment fire at around 3:30 p.m. Monday. One building was destroyed by the fire in a matter of minutes, while another building was badly damaged.

As flames spread, embers flew into surrounding areas, and at least 12 homes have also been consumed by the flames, KCTV5 reported.

Fire crews are fighting a fire at the The Royale at CityPlace in Overland Park.

"It's a bit of a war zone down there, quite frankly", Rhodes said.

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Multiple homes near the apartments were also on fire.

The developer of the apartment complex told 41 Action News that two of the buildings still under construction are a total loss.

We are extremely grateful to all of the fire departments who answered the call, and for their heroic efforts.

"(It's a) rapidly-growing fire, probably a lot of fuel in there with all the construction material and whatnot", Rhodes said at a news conference. Our thoughts and concerns remain with those who are directly impacted by this event.

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