Fire destroys Independence home


Crews initially thought a fire hydrant that was leaking water would impact their ability to fight a house fire Friday morning. When they hooked up the hydrant, water started bubbling up from the ground a few feet away.

Independence Battalion Chief Chuck Perry said the hydrant had plenty of water the entire time firefighters were there.

No one was home at the time of the fire. A resident arrived at the scene shortly after it started.

The water department will inspect the possible water main break.


Crews tell 41 Action News water issues are causing a problem as they battle a house fire in Independence.

The fire broke out around 7 a.m. Friday near Wilson and Evanston.

It was not clear if anyone was home at the time. Skytracker video showed four snow-covered vehicles parked outside. No injuries have been reported.

Authorities were unable to confirm if frozen hydrants were to blame for the water problems. Crews were using water from the truck.

The fire was extinguished around 7:50 a.m.

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