BLUE SUMMIT, Mo. — A fire that damaged six structures early Monday morning in Blue Summit is under investigation.
The unincorporated part of Jackson County is just north of the Truman Sports Complex.
Fire crews from the Inter City Fire Protection District were called to the area of 21st Street and Spring Avenue on reports of the fires at about 1:30 a.m.
“Whenever they beat on the door to wake us up, we come out from back here and she comes out from this way. You could feel the heat but you couldn’t see until right here,” said Penny Creason, whose home was just feet from the flames.
Creason and her family were scrambling to get out of their home as this massive fire approached.
“We thought we lost everything, like literally, he was out there with the garden hose,” Creason said.
“It was something that I’ve never seen before in 30 something years. It was scary,” said Jeffery Jewell, chief of the Inner City Fire Protection District.
Jewell was scared he might lose a whole block as he was forced to call in help from surrounding departments.
“In the beginning, just like, catching the woods on fire, some brush on fire, this, that or the other. Now it’s escalating into structural,” said Tracie Rice, who lives in the Blue Summit Community.
These fires are becoming all too familiar for this community, with 18 set on purpose in a little more than a week.
“This is how crazy it was after that incident, at like four, we had another grass fire that was lit,” said Jewell.
Neighbors are hoping more patrols of this area will deter this behavior before lives are lost.
“Last night was an eye opener for a lot of people, how fast the fire spread, the winds didn’t help the situation at all. It was crazy, somebody knows something, you know,” Jewell said.
For the Creason’s, they simply are happy to be alive and their home still standing.
“Very grateful, been thanking God all morning,” said Creason.
Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and it is under investigation.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of this person. If you know anything you’re asked to reach out to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
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