INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Independence Fire Department units were dispatched at 6:10 a.m. this morning, November 7, after neighbors reported a house fire at 1127 S. Pearl Street. Station 4 arrived within two minutes reporting heavy fire and smoke conditions. Additional units from Fire Stations 1, 2, and 7 were on the scene within 5 minutes and a quick search of the structure determined that there were no residents home at the time. The fire was quickly brought under control with no civilian or responder injuries reported. Firefighters located a deceased pet near the back door of the residence during their primary search. The cause and origin of the fire is currently under investigation.
“It is unfortunately house fire season, and this is a good reminder to all citizens to have a family plan in the case of an emergency,” Independence Fire Chief John Greene said. “While we continue to investigate the cause of this fire, we know there are steps all of us can take to protect our homes and families. Check your smoke alarms and replace the batteries yearly. Do not leave candles or space heaters unattended. And have a family evacuation plan that you practice once each season or four times a year.”
The Independence Fire Department responds to more than 20,000 calls for service each year. Fires represent fewer than 450 of these calls on average.