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When a security guard said explosives were on fire, 911 failed to ask, “What kind?” It was 20 years ago, but the early morning fire that led to the death of six firemen and the destruction of two fire trucks is still fresh in the minds of those brave men and women of the Kansas City Fire Department and the citizens of Kansas City. However, the fire led to better placard marking and identification procedures of hazardous and explosive materials in the assignment of the fire service to active fires. The case may have points of interest for those of us in the risk and claim business.

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