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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fire Destroys Home; Damage Estimated At $500,000

A two-story Leawood house damaged by an early morning fire today is probably a total loss, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze that was discovered about 2:50 a.m. in the 12000 block of Pawnee Lane. The fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damages, said Battalion Chief Steve Duncan with the Leawood Fire Department.

The couple has six cats, three of which were found inside the house. The whereabouts of the other three cats are unknown.

Police arrived at the house shortly after the fire was reported and pounded on the door to wake up the two residents who were still inside. They awoke to the noise and were able to escape.

By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had spread across the wood shake shingle roof. About 2/3 of the roof was ablaze, Duncan said.

“The fire had an early start,” he said.

While battling the blaze, firefighters sprayed foam on neighboring houses to keep the fire from spreading.

The fire was brought under control about 3:55 a.m. and was reported out about 4:15 a.m., Duncan said.

The residents told fire officials that they had a fire in the fireplace. Fire officials are investigating whether there was a flaw or fire in the chimney or whether embers had escaped out of the chimney onto the roof, Duncan said.

Fire investigators remain on the scene investigating the cause of the blaze.

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