Fire displaces five, damages three KC homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The American Red Cross is assisting five people after a fire damaged three homes and injured one person. It started before 11:30 p.m. Monday near 26th Street and Askew Avenue.

The fire chief said when firefighters arrived, the fire was so hot firefighters had to put on masks just so they could move toward the home. A second house was also burning, so they called for help immediately.

They were able to make sure that no one was inside either house. Firefighters controlled both fires in about half an hour.

One person in the first house had burn injuries to 10-15 percent of his body; the fire chief said he will survive.

Also, even after the fire destroyed the house, a woman who lives there asked firefighters to see if her rent money survived the fire. They found the $700 under the mattress.

While fighting the fire at the second house, firefighters quickly had to evacuate when the flames spread to the attic.

The fire also did] minor damage to a third home; the resident there was able to return after the fire was out.

Investigators are checking to see if a space heater caused the fire.

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