KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City Police officer and his family are without a home after an early morning house fire.
While the house is completely destroyed, all 11 family members were able to make it out safely.
It happened near East 106th Terrace and College Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., around 2:30 a.m.
Firefighters said it was so dangerous that they just had to let the house burn. It was under control around 3:15 a.m.
41 Action News' Sarah Hollenbeck spoke with Officer Matt Hannah. He says he's been on the flip side of devastating fires in his more than 20 years with the department, but now he knows the terror of experiencing one first-hand.
Hannah said he and his wife smelled the smoke and woke all nine children up, and were able to guide them onto the roof outside their bedroom window.
Minutes after they escaped, flames leaped 10 feet into the air.
"It was kind of scary trying to get out and getting everyone off the roof," said Jack Hannah. "It was a pretty scary time."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Red Cross has placed the family in an area hotel.
The Kansas City Police Credit Union has set up a fund for the Hannah Family. Contributions can be made directly to the account. To donate, contact the Credit Union at 504-2800.
The Kansas City Police Department has also created a list of needs.
For his boys:
- size 11
- size 1
- size 12 children
- 7T- 5 pair for 2 boys Dan and Truman
- Men's large
- Children's 8T
- Children's 5T
For his girls:
- Womens size 9
- Womens 5
- Childs 4
- Toddler 12
- Women's size 8 knee length skirt
- Women's size 4 knee length skirt
- Child large
- Women's med
- Children large
New Pillows for each person (11)
Boxes of size 5 and 4 diapers
Boxes baby wipes
Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, etc. for specific personal needs of the family i.e. hygiene products, specific clothes and Christmas gifts.
Donations can be dropped off at any KCMO police station.