Cause not determined yet for Fairway house fire; all occupants safe

Firefighters exit the house on Chadwick in Fairway.
Firefighters exit the house on Chadwick in Fairway.

A Fairway family escaped a Friday night house fire without injury and all were outside the house when firefighters arrived.

Five units of Consolidated Fire District No. 2 were on the scene of the fire, which was reported at 7:55 p.m. at 5318 Chadwick, just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway. Smoke was coming from the attic when the first units arrived. The fire was put under control in approximately 30 minutes.

Firefighters had brought two water lines into the house through the front door and were fighting the fire from the inside. Battalion Chief Doug Yonke said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but it appeared to start along the roof line in a finished attic room. One hole was knocked open on the roof on the east side of the house.

The fire department reported that KCP&L had been called to the area prior to the fire for a power outage behind the residence, possibly caused by a lightning strike to a tree branch which fell on the lines. Heavy storms preceded the fire, but Yonke said the house itself was not believed hit by lightning.

The house had smoke and water damage and the insurance company was making arrangements to secure it Friday night.

Smoke can be seen on the back side of the house coming from the attic.
Smoke can be seen on the back side of the house coming from the attic.
Firefighters working the scene.
Firefighters working the scene.