Cause of east Kansas City industrial fire still unknown


KANSAS CITY, Mo. Dozens of business owners are recovering from last week’s fire in eastern Kansas City, Missouri.

FOX4 has told you about last week’s fire at Leeds Industrial Park that burned for hours and damaged much of its interior.

Stacer Woodworking Incorporated’s owner, Sy Williamson, says he runs his business from his garage.

“It’s a bit bizarre,” Williamson said. “I remember it already.”

A raging fire engulfed the store last Tuesday night.

“It was like trucks burned to the ground, literally all the way down to the ground,” Williamson said. “The ceiling has fallen, and the walls are gone.”

This Williamson business is his child. It has been in the family for many years.

“Well, my uncle started it and moved here in ’92 or ’93,” Williamson said. “I have been here 17 years and bought the company three years ago.”

Last Tuesday, his phone kept ringing.

“One of the text messages was one of my clients saying is everyone okay? We had heard about the Leeds factory, so I turned on the news and I was like no,” Williamson said.

That’s when he saw the fire brigade spraying water at his shop.

“The first words that came out of his mouth were everything and I don’t know why but in my gut I know what that means,” said Amy Keith, Sy’s girlfriend.

Several other businesses in the Leeds industrial park were destroyed inside.

FOX4 on Wednesday saw some people picking up what they could, but all Williamson says he has are his memories, employees and loyal customers.

Loyal customers and family members have donated more than $2,000 to GoFundMe . account. | Cause of east Kansas City industrial fire still unknown


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