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  • Fire damages refuge for teen moms

  • A fire that broke out Monday evening at Mother’s Refuge, a home where pregnant teenagers and their newborns live in southwest Independence.

    Fire Department Capt. Brian Murphy said no one was injured, but the house had smoke and heat damage throughout.

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  • A fire that broke out Monday evening at Mother’s Refuge, a home where pregnant teenagers and their newborns live in southwest Independence.
    Fire Department Capt. Brian Murphy said no one was injured, but the house had smoke and heat damage throughout.
    He said the call came in at 6:50 p.m. as a reported mattress fire, and the first crews found flames coming from a window. Only two women and one infant were in the house a the time. They heard the smoke alarm, grabbed the baby and got out safely.
    Kansas City Fire Department helped with the firefight, and Murphy said the fire was under control by 7:09 p.m. There was extensive damage to one room, with total damage estimated in excess $75,000.
    Mother’s Refuge is on Deldridge Road, not far off U.S. 40.

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