By Assistant Chief Jim Eden
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO— On Monday, April 13, 2020, at 12:48 p.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to 221 NW Commerce Court for a possible structure fire. Employees at Weed Man Lawn Care reported a truck fire in the garage. An employee walking through the garage noticed smoke and then a small fire. The fire grew quickly and building was evacuated.
When crews arrived, smoke was coming from the overhead doors of the business. Crews entered the building and extinguished a fire involving the engine compartment and cab of a pickup truck. There was some involvement of nearby equipment, but no involvement of any lawn care chemicals in the building. The incident was under control by 1:06 p.m. A search of the building confirmed there were no other employees inside.
Fire damage was contained to the front the truck and some nearby equipment. Smoke and heat damage varied throughout the garage area. Closed doors kept most of the smoke out of the office area.
The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, but believed to be due to an electrical failure in the truck.