Firefighter injured battling fire at home with live electricity lines

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One firefighter was taken away in an ambulance while battling a house fire near I-435 and Winner Road early Wednesday morning.

A driver on I-435 called 911 at about 5 a.m. after seeing the flames and smoke and reportedly saw electricity arching.

The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene, and fighting the fire was additionally challenging because of live electricity lines.

"Fire was coming from crevasses and cracks," said Harry Shannon, a witness. "I am very proud of how quickly the firefighters put the fire out."

The injured firefighter, a 12-year veteran of the fire department, has lacerations to his eyes, according to the battalion chief. The bomb and arson unit have been called in to investigate.

"It was an abandoned house. I know there has been a lot of vandalism going on with it," said the neighbor named Chet. "My roommate woke me up and said, 'Take a look at this.' Flames in the sky. It was an accident waiting to happen, and it did."

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