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Roof collapses as fire destroys Lee’s Summit house Thursday morning

Updated: 2013-12-26T14:15:28Z

The roof of a Lee’s Summit house collapsed during an early morning fire Thursday.

The only resident of the house told firefighters the second floor of his house at 100 N.E. Forest Ave. was engulfed in flames.

According to a news release from the Lee’s Summit Fire Department:

Firefighters responded the fire at 2:15 a.m. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor and roof of the large two-story single-family home.

The resident had escaped safely.

Firefighters entered the house to attack the fire and to search for anyone else inside the house.

But when conditions worsened and it became unsafe, firefighters retreated and fought the fire from outside.

The fire was brought under control about 3:15 a.m., but not before it heavily damaged the second floor and caused the roof to collapse.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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