A Thursday morning fire destroyed a Blue Springs home, displacing a family of four, but everybody that was home got out safely after the smoke detectors alerted them, fire personnel said.
The only injuries came from a couple firefighters slipping on the ice created by the fire suppression efforts and chilly temperatures, said Eddie Saffel, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District deputy chief.
The fire started shortly before 9 a.m. at a home on Emerald Creek Place in the Stone Creek subdivision north of Southwest Moreland School Road. By the time firefighters arrived, the family had gotten out and the back part of the house, along with the basement, were engulfed in flames, Saffel said. Eventually the floors collapsed into the basement, he said, leaving perhaps only a few small personal items salvageable.
Firefighters believe the blaze started in the basement, but there was too much damage to make an initial determination on cause, Saffel said. Neither adjacent house was damaged.
The father was not home at the time of the fire, but the mother and two young adults got out of the home safely. Saffel said the family had assistance from relatives and friends.