Kansas City police say there are no known deaths as yet from an explosion and fire Tuesday evening just west of the Country Club Plaza.
But sources tell The Star that one employee of JJ’s resturant, the site of the explosion, remains unaccounted for.
At least 15 people are being treated at area hospitals, several in critical condition. The fire that resulted from the explosion at JJ’s restaurant, 910 W. 48th St. was upgraded to a four-alarm blaze. Fire crews reported about 7:45 p.m. that the gas company said it had turned off gas in the area. A fire official said the explosion appears to have been an accident.
At least 10 people were taken to hospitals after an explosion and fire at a restaurant west of the Country Club Plaza.
A gas explosion started the fire just before 6 p.m. at J.J.’s Restaurant near 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. A police representative said a car hit a gas main.
Flames and thick black smoke were seen pouring from the building and could be seen from miles away. St. Luke’s Hospital said five patients had been brought to the hospital and at least some were in serious condition.
The University of Kansas Hospital said it had received four patients and had a fifth on the way, hospital spokeswoman Jill Chadwick said. Two of the patients were in the trauma unit. She said most of the patients were being treated for lacerations.
James Armer said he was about a mile and a half away and heard the explosion and saw debris flying about 100 feet into the air.