Fire with children inside one of a few overnight in KC area - KCTV5

Fire with children inside one of a few overnight in KC area

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A handful of house fires overnight left area crews busy as the night turned to the Fourth of July holiday.

Firefighters responded around 3:30 a.m. to a fully-involved house fire at the 11000 block of North Booth Avenue in Kansas City, MO, where two children had to be evacuated from the home. They were unharmed, but one of the two adults who got out may have suffered injuries in the blaze, according to a battalion chief on the scene.

The home on Booth Avenue is a total loss and appears to have started in the attic.

It took crews extra time to knock out the fire because the fire hydrant in front of the home was not working properly, the battalion chief said. The Bomb Squad is investigating the cause of the fire.

More than a dozen people were evacuated from the Lakeside Village Townhomes on Overland Court in Kansas City, MO, following a large fire in the back of one of the units around 2 a.m.

By the time firefighters had arrived, the flames had spread to the roof and engulfed the top of the building, according to fire crews at the scene.

American Red Cross personnel were at the fire to help those displaced.

Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire. There were no reported injuries.

A separate fully-involved fire in Independence destroyed a house and spread to the home next door earlier in the night.

Crews were called around 11:15 p.m. to 20th and Sterling.

There were no injuries, and at least the initial house was unoccupied and without electricity. Investigators are still determining the cause of the house fire.

It's unknown if fireworks were involved in any of the fires, but a battalion chief at the Independence fire reminded citizens to be careful and safe while using fireworks.

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