Early morning fire set to cover Lee's Summit burglary - KCTV5

Early morning fire set to cover Lee's Summit burglary

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The house in Lee's Summit was set on fire after a burglary in order to destroy evidence of the crime, according to authorities. (KCTV) The house in Lee's Summit was set on fire after a burglary in order to destroy evidence of the crime, according to authorities. (KCTV)
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

Officials say a house fire that happened on Saturday morning was set on purpose to destroy evidence of a burglary that happened beforehand. 

Around 7 a.m., Lee’s Summit firefighters went to a house in the 1200 block of SE 11th St. after someone called and said they saw smoke coming from their neighbor’s roof.

A passerby also saw the smoke coming from the roof and knocked on the door, but no one answered.

When the firefighters arrived, they could see the light smoke coming from the house.

Firefighters forced their way inside and put out fires in the living room and kitchen. The fire was under control in 24 minutes.

They then searched the smoke-filled house and confirmed that no one was inside. After an investigation, it was confirmed that the family was out of town and had been accounted for.

The fire caused extensive damage to the inside of the house and part of the attic.

Crews found conditions that made them think the fire was suspicious, so an investigative unit was called to the scene along with Lee’s Summit detectives.

Both the fire and police departments determined that a burglary had happened and that the house had been set on fire to destroy evidence. It appears they broke in through the back door. 

The fire and burglary are still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Aaron Ides at 816-969-1668. 

The couple who lives there is back home now and is trying to salvage what they can. 

They found out about the fire when a neighbor called them and are grateful they weren't home when it happened. 

"There isn't anything here that can't be replaced," Debbie Powers said. "Lots of things that someone broke in and destroyed it, and that makes me angry. But in the long run, at the end of the day, it's just stuff. No one got hurt. I have my family."

One concern is preparing their property for rain that's expected to come to the area overnight.

The family does say they wish they had a home security system and that they're thankful for the friends, relatives, and neighbors who are helping them through the situation.

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