Family of 11 forced out by Kansas City house fire - KCTV5

Family of 11 forced out by Kansas City house fire

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A Kansas City police officer, his wife and nine children escaped the fire near 105th Terrace and College Avenue.  (Edwin Watson/KCTV5) A Kansas City police officer, his wife and nine children escaped the fire near 105th Terrace and College Avenue. (Edwin Watson/KCTV5)

A police officer and his family are lucky to be alive after a huge fire destroyed their home. Amazingly, all 11 people inside were able to escape the fire completely unscathed.

Overwhelming support is pouring in for the Kansas City, MO, police officer and his family after fire destroys their home located near 105th Terrace and College Avenue in Kansas City. It's still a mystery and a miracle to some just how Matt Hannah, a 21-year-veteran for the Kansas City Police Department, managed to get himself, his wife and all of their nine children out of a burning house.

"I can't imagine what he went through trying to get all of his children lined up while his house was burning down all around him," said Sgt. Rod Gentry.

Hannah described waking up to the smell of smoke about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Started waking up people and got the kids and everybody into my wife and our master bedroom," he said.

His son also described it as a scary moment, saying since they couldn't get to the front door, they climbed out of a second story window, onto the roof and out to the backyard.

The children, ranging in age from a year to 16-years-old, had gone over an evacuation plan with their parents before, just in case anything like this ever happened.

Hannah said it's definitely good to have a plan even though they had to alter theirs a little bit.

The Red Cross' Bob Ramm said some of the family didn't even get out with shoes on, some of them didn't have pants. Their home is a total loss and investigators are still trying to determine a cause. But the police officer's colleagues say the support from the community, even neighboring cities, has been overwhelming.

"Words cannot describe how the citizens in this community have stepped up," Gentry said.

"It's one of the worst days of my life, but one of the best," Hannah said.

A neighbor let the family stay inside their home to keep warm. Now, the family is in a hotel and space is very limited.

You can make donations at any Kansas City Police Department or a Kansas City Police Department Credit Union located at:

  • 2800 East 14th St., Kansas City, MO
  • 8320 North Brighton Ave., Kansas City, MO
  • 9701 Merriam Park Dr., Kansas City, MO
  • 19341 East 40 Highway, Independence, MO

For donations, the family would need the following:

For the girls and mom:

  • Skirts: Women's size 8 knee length, women's size 4 knee length, child large, 3T
  • Shirts: Women's medium, children's large, 3T
  • Shoes: Women's size 9, women's size 5, children's size 4, toddler size 12

For the boys and dad:

  • Shoes: size 11, 1 and 12 (children)
  • Pants: 32x30, 7T - five pairs for two boys, 4T, 12-month-old
  • Shirts: Men's large, children's 8T, children's 5T, 18-month-old

New pillows for all 11 people.

Diapers: Boxes of size 5 and 4 diapers, boxes of baby wipes.

Gift cards to Walmart, Target, etc. for specific personal needs of the family, hygiene products, clothes and Christmas gifts.

    Or you can mail a payment to:

    Matthew Hannah Donation
    2800 East 14th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64127

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