Victorian home burns in Kansas City’s northeast

A fire broke out Monday morning in a three-story Victorian-style home in Kansas City’s northeast area.

The fire was reported about 6:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of Pendleton Avenue.

The first firefighter to arrive saw smoke coming from one of the upper floors. Mark Rondeau, a neighbor who lives across the street, said he saw grayish smoke billowing from the back side of the second floor.

A man lives in the house with two dogs, Rondeau said.

The home owner escaped safely and was waiting outside by the time firefighters arrived. The home owner was alerted to the fire by working smoke detectors.

Kansas City Fire Department Capt. Ben Von Bargen said the fire started on the second floor toward the rear of the house. It was difficult to fight as it got into the walls and spread to the third floor and the attic, he said. Interior fire crews worked hard to bring the fire under control, Von Bargen said.

“They did a heck of a job,” he said.

The fire occurred at the change of shift, so addition crews were brought in as relief.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.