High winds made a two-alarm house fire tough to fight for Independence firefighters Monday evening. (Courtesy: Serena Kotalik)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -
High winds made a two-alarm house fire tough to fight for Independence firefighters Monday evening.
Firefighters rushed to the 1300 block of West Walnut Street about 11:30 p.m.
A witness told KCTV5 News that three explosions were heard and then lots of fire trucks were seen rushing down the street.
Firefighters say those explosions were probably propane tanks rupturing during the fire.
Crews arrived to find a heavily-involved home and reported that a second residence was also on fire. Both the homes were vacant.
That was when a second alarm was requested.
Strong winds were also a factor, blowing embers down the street. Crews worked defensively to keep it from spreading to two other homes.
The Independence Water Department was contacted to increase water pressure in the area so they could douse the homes quicker.
One of the homes that caught fire had been reported to the Independence Health Department for code violations before, most recently in February. Firefighters say they weren't surprised the home caught fire.
Investigators are still working to learn what caused the fire.
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