Firefighters this morning put down a house fire on Mission Road in Westwood, rescuing one large cat in the process. No other occupants were home.
Chief Tony Lopez of Consolidated Fire District No. 2 said firefighters did an immediate search of the house and found no one inside except the cat. A car was in the driveway of the story and a half frame home at the corner of 49th Place and Mission Road on the Westwood side of the street, which caused concern that someone might be inside. Police had still not been able to contact the residents as fire crews were packing up around 12:30 p.m.
Smoke was billowing out of the roof and flames were visible from above a window air conditioning unit on the first floor of the home. Lopez said early appearances seemed to indicate the fire started on the first floor. No fire was found in the basement, he said. The house sustained considerable damage.
The fire was discovered by a passerby who saw the flames and called it in at 11:08 a.m. Firefighters had it under control at 11:28 a.m. and it was out at 11:55 a.m.
Five fire units from CFD2 and the Overland Park Fire Department battled the fire. Police blocked off traffic from just south of 50th Street to just north of 49th Terrace. Police also were keeping people away from the intersection of 50th and Mission because a live power line running into the house crosses the street.