Independence home goes up in flames, investigators trying to determine cause

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Independence firefighters spent Wednesday morning battling a large house fire at a home near Lee's Summit Road and 35th Street.

A woman who lives in the home called firefighters around 7:15 a.m. after hearing an explosion and seeing lots of smoke.

Firefighters say they battled the fire in defensive mode, which means they are battling the fire from outside.

Independence firefighters are battling a house fire Wednesday morning.

Independence firefighters are battling a house fire Wednesday morning.

Independence firefighters are battling a house fire Wednesday morning.

Independence firefighters are battling a house fire Wednesday morning.

The woman was the only person inside of the home at the time of the fire and explosion but made it out safely.  So far no injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"I heard and an explosion and it sounded like a car crash out in front of the yard," neighbor Tonya Gentry said. "And when I came out I saw smoke coming out from behind their house, and I ran over and part of their garage door was gone. I looked inside and saw flames."

Crews from the utility and gas companies were also on the scene.

Crews work to make repairs after a home in Independence, Mo. went up in flames Wednesday morning.

Crews work to make repairs after a home in Independence, Mo. went up in flames Wednesday morning.