KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of people are without a place to call home after an apartment fire Saturday morning. Several children were inside the building during the fire, but thankfully no one was injured.
Kenneth Shaver was inside the Stonewood Apartments on East 85th Terrace when he heard neighbors screaming about a fire started on the ground floor apartment. Shaver said his grandson was the first thing on his mind.
"I had just woken up maybe 15 or 20 minutes before all this happened, so it is just a good thing I was awake and able to grab my grandson because again he was still sleeping," said Shaver.
Fire crews said the fire started on the ground floor and climbed upwards damaging multiple stories. Seven people were inside the bottom unit when the fire started, including six children.
Shaver said he had less than a minute to wake his grandson and carry him over the balcony to safety. Just one floor up, the smoke was so bad, the family could not leave their apartment. Fire crews needed a ladder truck to rescue them.
"That smoke was so thick. I couldn't even see the wall, and the wall is less than two feet from my door," said Shaver.
Even more surprising, families inside the apartment said they never heard a smoke detector.
The Red Cross is helping several families impacted by the fire. Other units in the building suffered smoke damage but are still able to be used.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.