Four escape house fire before roof caves in

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Four roommates are safe after a fire gutted their house Thursday morning near 45th & Walker Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.  The men were sleeping, but one was awakened by a bright light at the back of the house around 3:45 a.m. He woke the others and they all escaped without injury before the roof caved in.

Heavy smoke and fire forced firefighters to go into the defensive mode when they arrived on the scene, which means they had to fight the fire from the outside.  Since there was no heat in the house, it's possible the men were using space heaters to stay warm.  There were no working smoke detectors in the home.

Fire investigators are checking into the cause of the fire, which may have started at the back of the house. Since the men don't speak English it wasn't clear at first if everyone got out safely. One of the men told FOX 4 that he was concerned about retrieving clothes and shoes because he has to go to work in the morning.

Damage is estimated at a total loss of around $75,000.  The cause remains under investigation.

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