On Sunday, April 1, 2018, at 1:12 p.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 352 SE Williamsburg Court. The occupant of the house reported the smoke alarms started to sound and they noticed smoke in the back yard. When they went outside, the top portion of the chimney was on fire and spreading to the roof.
When the fire department arrived, fire was visible from the chimney and roof of a two-story single family dwelling. The occupants of the house were safe outside.
Firefighters initially knocked down the fire on the outside of the house as crews went inside. Crews removed the ceiling in the upstairs bedroom and bathroom to access and extinguish the fire in the attic and the wood framed fireplace flue chase. The fire was under control by 1:49 p.m.
Fire damage was contained to the attic, a portion of the roof, and the upper portion of the fireplace flue chase. Smoke damage to the inside of the house was minor. Crews did have to make openings in the upstairs bedrooms to check for fire spread in the attic.
The fire is believed to have originated in the fireplace flue chase. The cause of the fire has not been determined.