Fire destroys vacant home on Kansas City's east side

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City fire crews battled a blaze at a vacant house on the city's east side Thursday morning.

The fire started around 5 a.m. at a house in the 3000 block of Farley Avenue. That is a couple of blocks east of Interstate 435, north of 40 Highway and south of the 23rd Street Trafficway.

Skytracker video from over the scene showed the home had sustained heavy damage, mostly toward the top of the structure.

The Kansas City Fire Department fought the fire defensively, meaning they had to stay outside of the building.

Low water pressure was reported in the area, adding an extra burden to crews working to put out the blaze.

"With no water, we couldn't use any of our aerial streams that would have knocked the fire down faster, and would have extinguished it a lot better.  So, we had to go with multiple hand lines and man power," Acting Battalion Chief Gary Wait said.

Neighbors said the lack of water scares them, especially if fires break out in the future.

"When I cam out, the whole sky was lit up with embers coming up over the top of the houses, and they couldn't get any water out of the fire hydrant to get the fire out.  The had to take the hoses around the block," Donna Dennison said.

"This is all I've got, and I can't replace it. I just hope they get it fixed."


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