Fire investigation underway after vacant KCMO home erupts in blaze

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An investigation is underway Tuesday after a Kansas City, Mo., home went up in flames.

The fire broke out around near 28th and Oakley around 2 a.m.

Kansas City police officers who were nearby at 27th and Van Brunt say they heard what sounded like an explosion or explosions.

When firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames. They immediately started fighting the flames in defensive mode in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring home.

Ricardo Rodriguez said he woke up to flames shooting out of a home next door. Rodriguez described the home a vacant and boarded up, but he added that a homeless man occasionally slept inside the home at night.

Firefighters took nearly two hours to put the fire out.

According to the battalion chief on the scene, the fire may have started in the attic and crews struggled to get to it.

No injuries have been reported.

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