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Flames rage at farmhouse as firefighters battle water issues

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A farmhouse in the Northland caught fire Thursday afternoon and the lack of hydrants complicated the efforts to douse the flames.

The fire started about 2 p.m. at a house near Interstate 435 and Cookingham Drive. Flames had completely engulfed the house, and it is an area without a lot of hydrants. The nearest hydrant was about half a mile away.

A Kansas City Fire Department spokesman said extra pumper trucks were brought to the area to help battle the flames, which caused smoke to soar high into the air.

No one was at home at the time of the fire.

Shawn Coy rented the home off Skyview Avenue. He lived there with his girlfriend and their four children.

He said someone broke into the home a week ago, and the thief stole two dirt bikes from his garage.

He believes the fire was intentionally set, and it was related to the burglary. He said neighbors formed a quasi-neighborhood watch group after a recent string of burglaries.

"Everyone's been having a bunch of break-ins and I think it's the same people that done it," Coy said. "They come in and finished the job."

He is fearful that the arsonist will be emboldened and commit more crimes.

Kansas City Fire Department Battalion Chief James Garrett said investigators are working to determine a cause.

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