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Two firefighters injured battling KCK house fire

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Two firefighters were injured Monday as crews tried to extinguish a large house fire.

The fire broke out about 10 a.m. at a two-story home near Minnesota Avenue and North 18th Street.  

When crews arrived on the scene, heavy fire and smoke could be seen coming from the house.  Authorities couldn't tell if the house was vacant or not, so firefighters immediately went into search and rescue mode.

Flames shot through the roof and went into the walls, said Craig Duke, deputy chief for the Kansas City, KS, Fire Department.

The structure was so fragile, firefighters had to pull back especially after one firefighter was hurt.

Two Firefighters were injured when they went through the floor on the lower level. Both were transported to an area hospital and are expected to survive.  One suffered a knee injury and the other had a back and neck injury.

Fire investigators can't say for certain what started the fire, but they did say that there were no utilities going into the house.  But they say with the weather, someone may have been in the house trying to stay warm. 

The fire is under investigation, and damage is estimated at $30,000. No other injuries were reported.

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