PARKVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- A fire destroyed a Parkville home and closed a busy highway Wednesday morning.
Firefighters stayed on scene near Main and East streets hours after putting a house fire out to make sure the rubble that was left didn’t start another fire.
"I think this fire went unnoticed for a long time," Southern Platte Fire Protection District Deputy Fire Chief Dean Cull said.
That’s because when firefighters arrived they say flames were shooting up from the house. Their focus was to make sure it didn’t spread to the surrounding buildings and then worked to put the fire out.
They say the house was under construction when it went up flames.
Firefighters say while there didn’t appear to be anyone home at the time, there may have been people who stayed late working on the home.
"Apparently, there were some parties there around midnight at the house working on it still," Cull said.
Firefighters say they did run into a problem when fighting the fire. They found live power lines that got in the way.
"It was in the middle of the street, so everybody has to work around it, and we had to put a safety officer there at the power line on the street to make sure no one walked across it," Cull said.
Firefighters did ask police to shut down Missouri Highway 9 all morning. They said their priority was to make sure the hot spots were completely out.
Firefighters say it may take a while to figure out what caused the fire because of how extensive the damage is.