Southwest Trafficway businesses damaged by overnight fires

Kansas City firefighters quickly extinguished separate fires earlier today that damaged several businesses on Southwest Trafficway and a south Kansas City residence.

Fire crews were called to Mama’s 39th Street Diner, at 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway just before 1 a.m. Flames and heavy smoke poured from the structure as fire crews arrived.

Investigators said the fire was likely caused by an electrical malfunction in a utility closet at the restaurant. The fire spread to John’s Barber Shop, located next door. Missie B’s bar, which is adjacent to the diner, only sustained smoke damage, said Battalion Chief Joe Vitale.

No one was hurt. The blaze caused $75,000 damage to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.

The barbershop had $2,500 damage to its structure and $5,000 damage to the contents.

Vitale said Missie B’s had $10,000 damage to the structure and $5,000 to the contents.

A second fire was reported just after 2 a.m. at a residence located in the 10100 block of Forest Avenue.

Two persons were inside the residence when someone called 911. Fire crews rescued one person, and both persons were treated for smoke inhalation, Vitale said.

Investigators determined the fire started inside a bedroom and was contained to that section of the residence.

Vitale said fire investigators believe the fire may have been deliberately set.

The fire caused $70,000 damage to the structure and $30,000 damage to the contents.