Firefighters battle flames and ice at Blue Springs home

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Firefighters battled a large fire at a home in Blue Springs Thursday.

The fire broke out around 9 a.m. at a home in the Emerald Creek subdivision near Pine Creek Road and 40-Highway.

A spokesperson for the Central Jackson County Fire Department says the biggest issue they're dealing with is ice.

Fox 4's Sean McDowell spoke with Suliana Tonga, one of the home's four residents, as she watched what she and her family call their dream home burn.

Tonga says she was asleep when the family realized something in the home was on fire.

"The home is a total loss," said Eddie Saffell, the Department Chief of the Central Jackson County Fire Prevention. "Like I said, significant floor collapse. It's kind of a reverse story and a half. Everything's on the first floor, so but there's multiple floors on the backside so there's floor collapse all around."

In addition to dealing with streets freezing solid from the water firefighters used to put out flames, the chief said some firefighters experienced dehydration.