A fire Thursday morning heavily damaged a Lee’s Summit home and killed a family pet. Two firefighters were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The two-story home at 1108 Border Drive belongs to Jacob and Courtney Pace, said Jacob’s mother, Penny Pace, as the family looked through the burned and soaked house. She said that smoke detectors had failed to work, but the family was roused by their dogs barking.
“The good thing is the children are safe,” Penny Pace said, speaking of the couple’s three children ages 1, 3 and 5.
She said one of the family dogs, J.J., died.
Assistant Fire Chief Jim Eden said the fire department responded at 6:39 a.m. to the fire at 1108 Bordner Drive. He said that the occupants were awakened by a dog and found the front of the garage and the back of a pickup parked near the house in the driveway on fire. Jacob Pace tried to fight the fire, then went inside, got his family out and called 911, Eden said.
When the fire department arrived, there was heavy fire in the house and vehicles in the driveway, Eden said. He said firefighters initially operated in a defensive mode. Then, having knocked the fire down, crews entered the structure for final extinguishment. The fire was under control by 7:43 a.m.
Eden said the fire is believed to have originated on the outside of the house and quickly spread to the inside. The fire damaged two vehicles in the driveway used for the occupants’ floor finishing business.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Two firefighters were transported to an area hospital. Both are expected to make a full recovery.