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Lenexa family hopeful after fire destroyed their home before Christmas

Two dogs rescued from Lenexa house fire
Two dogs rescued from Lenexa house fire
Posted at 9:47 PM, Dec 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 17:24:40-05

LENEXA, Kan. -- Just one week before Christmas, a Lenexa family is remaining hopeful after a fire destroyed their home.  

Fire crews battled a major fire at the home in the 8500 block of Constance St. Sunday evening. 

"It was kind of a weird thing to just watch your house burn down," said Taellor Hammeke, who was renting the home. 

According to Lenexa Fire Department Deputy Chief Travis Vaughn, no one was at home when the fire started, and it was the neighbors who called for help. 

"We got a phone call and they said your house is on fire and I was like, our house is on fire, like what do we do and my husband had to keep me calm," said Hammeke. 

Fire crews arrived to find the home ablaze with flames and heavy smoke. 

Firefighters were pushed back after a partial roof collapse before the fire was contained. 

Two dogs were rescued from the home, but their cat Eric is still missing. 

"You know, as soon as the animals, the dogs got pulled out, everyone was breathing sighs of relief and everybody was so excited," said Hammeke. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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