Deadly homeless camp fire halts all I-70 traffic into Kansas City | News

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — A Thursday early morning fire at a homeless encampment under the interstate eliminated someone and stopped all westbound I-70 traffic into Kansas City.

Cops and firemens were called out around 6 a.m. to a fire at Interstate 70 and Benton Boulevard. A homeless encampment under the interstate there ignited and eliminated someone. No other injuries have actually been reported.

The fire burned so hot that the Missouri Department of Transport needed to be called out to examine the structural stability of the bridge. Up until MoDOT offers its approval, all westbound I-70 traffic into the city is being diverted onto the 18th Street exit simply south of the scene.

In the meantime, traffic is supported for miles, and authorities are advising anybody who typically utilizes I-70 to come into Kansas City to discover an alternative path.

No reason for the fire has actually yet been provided. The homeless individual who passed away is thought to be an adult, and no nasty play is right away believed, authorities stated.

An upgrade and advised detour from MoDOT: 

“Motorists are advised that westbound Interstate 70 near 18th St. will remain closed until further notice due to an early morning fire underneath the bridge. Missouri Department of Transportation staff are inspecting the bridge to determine the damage and potential needed repairs.

Westbound I-70 motorists traveling out of Missouri should exit I-70 at the Interstate 435 interchange at mile marker 8 to get around the closure. All lanes of eastbound I-70 remain open. For local traffic only, westbound I-70 travelers can continue as far as the 18th street exit to get to area neighborhoods.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.