Family escapes house fire as neighbors report explosion - KCTV5

Family escapes house fire as neighbors report explosion

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A woman and three kids fled their house early Monday morning after being awoken by a loud noise and seeing their home engulfed in flames.

The Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department responded shortly before 6:30 a.m. to Jefferson Street off of Pennsylvania Avenue in response to neighbors calling 911, saying that they heard explosions coming from a house.

Responding crews found flames shooting from the house, but said those inside made it out safely.

A woman living at the home told KCTV5 News she, another adult and three kids made it out safely. She said the family was asleep, but woke up to a loud bang. She looked outside her bedroom window and saw flames coming from the house's first floor. The flames were so high, they reached the second floor. 

Firefighters didn't find any signs of an explosion, but ripped through the roof and pulled out insulation to make sure the house didn't catch fire again. 

The woman said she doesn't know what caused the possible explosion, but said the family recently got a new refrigerator. She said the family does not own a gas grill.

Firefighters said that, although the fire was contained to the back of the house, there was extensive damage throughout the home. 

"It's not safe for her to live in right now," said Battalion Chief Steve Seals with the Kansas City Fire Department. "She has some work that needs to be done, but the structure can be saved no problem."

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