KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fire destroyed two houses Tuesday morning, leaving two families homeless. It happened south of the Bannister Mall area, near 101st and Oakley.
They may have lost their homes, but both families have a lot for which to be thankful.
Marlon Vaughn says he woke up to the sound of a boom and saw that his neighbor's home was on fire.
He banged on the door and helped Darius Singletary get out safely. Both went back into the burning home to make sure no one else was there.
"He said, 'We have to check, will you help me check?'" Vaughn said. "At that time I went in and helped him check, to see if his grandmother was home. I got down on my knees to crawl down to her area, no answer, so at that point we exited the house."
They managed to get one dog out safely, but another dog and a cat did not survive the blaze.
"I let them out of the cage," Singletary said. "I tried to get them out, one dog just kept running back. By the time I tried to go back and get him the fire just escalated, it gave me no path where I just couldn’t go back."
By the time both men made sure everyone was out of the home where the fire started, Vaughn turned to see that the fire had spread to his house. Fortunately his sons were not inside, but the fire moved so quickly that by the time firefighters put it out, it also is no longer livable.
Bomb and arson investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross is helping both families with temporary housing.