Plaza Fire Update: Heartland Midwest LLC didn't have permit to excavate outside JJ's, city says

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The company laying cable outside JJ's Restaurant last week when an explosion leveled the business did not have an approved Kansas City permit for excavation, 41 Action News has learned via an open records request with the city.

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Heartland Midwest LLC was laying fiber-optic cable for Time Warner Cable near the restaurant Tuesday night when somebody hit a gas line, sparking a leak in and around the restaurant.

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One person died in the explosion and fire. Several others were injured. The exact cause of the explosion has not been confirmed by Kansas City fire investigators.

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41 Action News Investigator Ryan Kath is getting more information on this story and will update this page when more details are available.

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