KC remembers explosion that killed 6 firefighters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has paused to remember the 25th anniversary of a massive explosion that killed six firefighters.

It happened on Nov. 29, 1988, when firefighters were called to a blaze at a southeast Kansas City highway construction site. They found a burning 40-foot trailer that held 25,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil. When it exploded, six of the firefighters from the crews of Pumpers 30 and 41 were killed.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/18Q5l2r ) reports that the victims' relatives, local dignitaries and active and retired firefighters gathered Friday to pay tribute at the 30/41 Firefighters Memorial.

Kyle Oldham was 6 when his father, Michael, died. He says his father's sacrifice motivates him "all day, every day, every week" in his own job as a Kansas City police officer.

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