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LR crews respond to fire at Kanis apartments

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 23, 2014 at 10:06 a.m. Updated January 23, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

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A fire burns at the Out-In-The Woods Apartments on Kanis Road in Little Rock on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.

Fire sweeps through LR apartments

No injuries were reported but dozens of residents were displaced when a fire swept through two buildings at Out-In-The Woods Apartments in Little Rock, destroying one building and damaging another. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Fire at Kanis Road apartments

A fire occurred on Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014, at the Out-In-The Woods Apartments near Baptist ...

911 calls about fire at Kanis Road apartment complex

A fire occurred Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Out-In-The-Woods Apartments near Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. The Little Rock Police Department released audio from two 911 calls about the blaze.
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A fire swept through a Little Rock apartment building Thursday morning, destroying it, displacing numerous residents and sending a up a large plume of black smoke that was visible for miles.

No injuries were reported in the fire at the Out-In-The Woods Apartments near Baptist Health Medical Center at 9201 Kanis Road in Little Rock. About half of Little Rock's fire companies responded to the scene.

It could have been much worse, Little Rock Fire Department Capt. Randy Hickmon said, if the timing of the fire were different.

"If this would have been later at night or earlier this morning when people were still at home, we might be talking about something different," he said. "But most people had left for work and were up and around. They all got out."

Firefighters had much of the blaze knocked down by 11 a.m., though Kanis Road remained closed between John Barrow Road and Baptist Hospital. Officials said it would likely remain closed most of the day.

One large building along Kanis Road was destroyed at the complex and a second building suffered at least some damage, Hickmon said. About 30 units are believed to have been affected, though Hickmon said that number could change as officials get a better idea of how bad the damage is to the second building.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Hickmon said the fire started around 9:40 a.m. and quickly spread to the attic, burning through the roof and collapsing it into the building.

There are reports of pets that may have been in the building.

“We hope they got out,” Hickmon said.

Lots of residents had left hurriedly, some missing clothes or shoes, and authorities were working to get them warm.

Smoke at one point was visible from downtown Little Rock.

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