Fire broke out this evening in an unattended trash dumpster behind an apartment building at 100 block of N. Indiana.

The fire, discovered by neighbors originated in an overflowing trash dumpster that had not been emptied for at least three weeks. Flames climbed the exterior of the building before neighbors were able to stave off growing flames with a garden hose prior to the arrival of fire crews.

Two KCFD companies responded to the blaze. Nearby neighbors cleared the building of residents.

The building, one of three in the area owned by FTW Investments LLC according to city records, one on N. Lawn and another at 110 N. White Avenue. The N. White property came under scrutiny earlier this year for inferior living conditions.  The company has a checkered past with city codes and illegal dumping inspectors.  Citations were issued as recently as yesterday for the overflowing trash dumpsters.

The building was occupied at the time of the fire, largely by refugees. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.