Northland family struggling after fire destroys home - KCTV5

Northland family struggling after fire destroys home

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Northland family says trace chemicals of ammonia nitrate in some potting soil started a devastating house fire left them with almost nothing.

Counting their blessings, the family, which cares for a special needs child, is struggling to rebuild in the aftermath.

The fire broke out last Wednesday just before noon near Northeast 98th Street and Woodland Avenue, near the Staley Farms Golf Course.

Firefighters said the fast-moving fire destroyed the home, expected to be a total loss.

Becky Means spent Monday evening sifting through photos of her family's life that quickly went up in smoke.

She was at work when a neighbor called and said her home near Northeast 98th Street and Woodland Avenue was on fire.

"I was in Midtown, and as soon as I got on I-35, I could see the smoke," Mean said.

By the time she got home, nearly all of the family's possessions were destroyed.

Her daughter, Carly, said when she first heard about the fire, it was hard to believe. 

"I just told myself it happened.  There was nothing I can do about it," Carly Means said.

However, for Becky Means, there was a greater urgency for the health of her daughter, Chloe, who has special needs.

"I immediately thought, 'Oh gosh, Chloe's medicines are all gone.'  I immediately started making calls to get her medicines replaced, and her special needs formula replaced," she said.

Her insurance was able to fast-track those items, as community members pitched in donating clothes, food and money.

An online moms group that Becky is a part of even set-up an account at Target for people to donate additional items.  Click here to view registry.

However, despite her situation, her outlook is positive.

"You never think about what you have until its all gone.  Anything can be worse.  We're taking this as a good life lesson for our children to always be thankful for what you have," she said.

The fire department has not confirmed yet the cause of the fire.

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