House fire spreads in old KC neighborhood, woman rescued

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters battled a house fire Thursday morning in the 2700 block of Bellview in Kansas City, Mo.

A FOX 4 photojournalist at the scene said the fire started at a vacant home and spread to an occupied home where a woman in her 80s lives. The fire spread to her attic. She was not injured.

A man who lives in the neighborhood said he had just dropped off his wife at work when he returned to the neighborhood and saw smoke. He called 911 and then went to his neighbor’s house to tell her the home next to hers was on fire.

"We had to convince her to come out," he said. "She was hesitant to coming out and when she seen the smoke, she understood what was going on."

He said their neighborhood is an old neighborhood -- one that has been "forgotten" by the city.

"Unfortunately, one of the fire hydrants three houses down from us is not working," he said.

The vacant home where the fire started was being rehabbed with the help of Westside Housing Association. The home where the woman lived had also recently been renovated.

FOX 4 will have more on this story on FOX 4 News at Noon. Refresh this page for updates or watch our live stream.


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