Family escapes house fire near 79th, Olive - KCTV5

Family escapes house fire near 79th, Olive

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A neighbor says the fire started in the basement or lower level of the home and described the flames as a fireball. (KCTV5) A neighbor says the fire started in the basement or lower level of the home and described the flames as a fireball. (KCTV5)
The family says they had recently redone the home's flooring and renovated the downstairs area. They say the entire home has smoke damage. (KCTV5) The family says they had recently redone the home's flooring and renovated the downstairs area. They say the entire home has smoke damage. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A family was forced to flee their burning home early Monday morning.

The fire started about 3 a.m. near Northeast 79th and Olive streets.

The family, including small children and a pet, was able to escape the flames. They say the fire started in the basement or lower level of the home and that smoke detectors woke them up.

A neighbor described the flames as a fireball.

The family says they had recently redone the home's flooring and renovated the downstairs area. They say the entire home has smoke damage.

The American Red Cross has arrived to assist the family.

Diantha Overly, the families next-door neighbor is letting them stay in her basement. 

She says her family had a house fire when she was younger so she knows what's it's like to lose everything and wants to help.

"We heard everything last night and we could look out and see the fire coming out the back of their house and sat out here and talked to them," Overly said. "We have a whole basement empty so we decided, might as well give it to them, they are right next door and can come in and shower and change clothes and eat and do whatever they need."

Overly says that the family is staying strong despite the devastating loss. 

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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