By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
The Kansas City, MO, Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of a large house fire on Kansas City's northeast side on Monday, but the homeowner said it's Kansas City Power & Light Co.'s fault.
It was a fire that lit up a northeast Kansas City neighborhood Monday morning. The fire started at a house located at 3807 Morrell Ave. and ended up catching another vacant neighboring home on fire. But the homeowner said it never should have happened.
"It's an official program from the 1984 presidential debate held at the Music Hall in Kansas City," homeowner John Pierson said as he sorted through the debris that remained of his home.
Very few personal items remain for Pierson after the blaze took his home.
"Yeah, it's got that smell," he said.
The huge fire ripped through the home he was about to rent just moments after the power was turned back on. Pierson believes the fire was caused by a poor power line connection to his home after tree branches fell on the lines.
"You can still see branches hanging on power lines," he said. "Power and Light didn't check anything about the security of the lines, the power box, the meter, anything."
Pierson claims he asked KCP&L to come out and cut the tree limbs several times, but they refused. He said he even offered to cut the branches himself, but because the trees were on the easement, the power company told him he could not.
"Well the area between the two fences is KCP&L property because the power line goes through there," he said. "They would not let us cut them. Since it was on KCP&L right-away, easement, whatever you want to call it, they would not allow us to cut them."
KCTV5's Alan Shope spoke with KCP&L Tuesday, who declined to comment on the fire until the investigation is over.
As for Pierson, he didn't have insurance on the home - he was waiting until his renter moved in. Now he's considering legal action against KCP&L because, he said, they didn't do their job.
"The lines were loose, the connections weren't tight," Pierson said.
The fire department said the cause of the fire is still unknown and they continue to investigate.
Pierson said he's owned the home for 20 years and after the fire it's a complete loss.
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