Man escapes burning home moments before roof collapses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire that destroyed a home in Kansas City, Mo., early Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at the home near 25th and Bellefontaine around 3 a.m., and Byron Hill was able to escape the flames by jumping through a back window.

"I had to escape and jumped out of the window with no shoes on," Hill said. "Everything is a total loss. I have nothing. My car is still sitting here. Some of the house is leaning on the car with some damages to it. I'm just glad to be alive."

Hill was taken to the hospital for treatment where doctors said he broke his heel.

"The only thing I can remember is I was getting ready to go down my stairs, and I seen the smoke was just too heavy. I had to get down on the floor and get low and get a couple of breaths. Then pushed the screen out and just tried to make my escape the best that I knew."

Herbert Davis, an associate pastor at True Vine Baptist Church, told FOX 4 that he woke to the sounds of sirens and the smell of smoke.

"I thought number one it was our church, that's what woke me up and I said, 'Lord, don't let it be our church. Don't let it be members of our church.' Because we have members of our church, our guitar player lives two doors up and there's a lady that lives next to us and our church. So that was my concern."

Hill told FOX 4 he believes the fire was intentionally set because of something his daughter did. Fire investigators have not yet released the cause.