A space heater too close to clothing was the cause of an accidental home fire at 11:02 a.m. Feb. 24 at 2615 Nebraska Ave., according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.
Crews arrived at the fire within 2 minutes of the call and saw flames showing from the upper floor of a one-and-a-half-story residential building, a spokesman said.
Residents were evacuating when crews arrived. A primary search confirmed that all occupants had evacuated, the Fire Department spokesman said.
The fire had extended to the attic area. Crews brought the fire under control within 10 minutes, and it was totally extinguished within 45 minutes, according to the spokesman.
The fire investigator responded, and the cause was determined to be a space heater that was too close to clothing, the spokesman said. It started in an upstairs bedroom.
The damage to the structure and contents was $20,000, the Fire Department spokesman said.
The home had no working smoke detectors, according to the Fire Department.
The Red Cross was called to assist five adults. There were no injuries.