KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Shawnee family of five was displaced overnight Monday after a space heater caused a residential fire.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 5400 block of Aminda Street in Shawnee about 1:30 a.m.
When they arrived, the fire was shooting out of a basement window of the home. It extended along the side of the home.
Damage from the fire is estimated at $350,000.
Firefighters said five people were inside the home when the fire started and they all got out safely after being alerted by smoke alarms.
A cat died in the fire.
Shawnee Fire Investigators said that the fire was caused by a space heater.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, home heating is the primary cause of residential fires from December to February.