Home completely in flames when firefighters arrive - KCTV5 News

No body found, but extensive drug activity inside burned home

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A home was completely in flames when firefighters arrived on scene Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials initially believed a body was possibly inside, but did not find one after an extensive search.

But investigators did find signs of "heavy drug activity," according to Inner City Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Jewell.

A fire started about 4:15 p.m. at the home, which is located just east of Interstate 435, near Truman Road, in unincorporated Jackson County.

Officials believed that a meth lab may have been inside the home, which complicated the search. It took about 90 minutes to get the blaze out.

"There was no gas hooked up to house at the time so that is suspicious at this point," Jewell said. "Because with no gas, you have an explosion."

An exact cause won't be known for days, but it is believed that criminal activity caused the explosion even if it wasn't a meth lab. The house, which had been vacant for months, had numerous propane tanks inside, which could have caused the blaze.

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