Firefighters called out Friday morning to house fire in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Firefighters battled a house fire in the 500 block of S. Evanston Street Friday morning.

Fire tore through the home that was unoccupied at the time. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn reports the homeowner — who arrived at the scene shortly after firefighters arrived — would not say where he was at the time of the blaze.

The homeowner was seen by emergency personnel but refused treatment at the scene.

Police dispatch said a neighbor reported heavy smoke coming from the house just after 7 a.m. Friday.

Water was a concern when firefighters arrived on the scene because it appeared there was a water main break near the hydrant close to the house. Battalion Chief Chuck Perry told Fox 4 water did not end up being an issue, the hydrant did function properly.  Perry also said their pumpers carry thousands of gallons of water.

The cause is unknown at this time because it’s too dangerous for investigators to go inside.  The damage is described as severe.

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