An apartment fire in Overland Park left one person dead early Saturday, authorities said.
Just after 3 a.m., firefighters answered a call at the Lodge of Overland Park apartments in the 7500 block of West 106th Street, said Jason Rhodes, a spokesman for the Overland Park Fire Department.
Fire crews found light smoke coming from a ground floor apartment, Rhodes said. They entered the apartment and found a small smoldering fire and a woman who had died in a bedroom.
The causes of the woman's death and the fire were under investigation Saturday, Rhodes said. Fire damaged only the bedroom, while the rest of the apartment sustained smoke damage.
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Rhodes noted that firefighters found the apartment's smoke alarm sitting on a counter with the battery removed.
"That is the cheapest life insurance you can buy, a working smoke alarm," Rhodes said.