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Parents, 5-year-old son rescued from roof of burning home near 37th, Agnes

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A father, mother and son had to be rescued from the house. (KCTV5) A father, mother and son had to be rescued from the house. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Emergency crews rescued a family from their home after it burst into flames early Friday morning.

The fire started before 5:25 a.m. near 37th Street and Agnes Avenue.

Firefighters say the father and mother were sleeping in the master bedroom when the fire started. The father, a veteran, was awakened by the smoke detectors and woke everyone up. Then they ran to the next room to grab their 5-year-old son.

Officials say a majority of the fire was on the home's lower floor and blocked the door. 

The family was forced to the home's second floor where they had to break a window to get onto the roof.

Fire crews used a ladder to get the family to safety.

"The fire department got us off our roof and they really are heroes."

Rescuers broke out a window during the rescue.

A 16-year-old dog, two cats and six kittens were also rescued from the home. Two other kittens died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The family is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

They had recently moved into the house because their other home was burglarized a few months ago.

“I just want to emphasize to everybody: just please please check your smoke detectors. Because that’s honestly the only thing that saved us.”

Firefighters say a second fire broke out at a home nearby while they rescued the family. They say smoke detectors woke up people in that fire as well.

Officials say they have thousands of smoke detectors to give away and will even install them for free. Residents can call the department or can pick up smoke detectors at their Independence and Woodland Avenue fire station.

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