A Lee's Summit man was able to escape a house fire Thursday morning, and local firefighters are crediting the safe escape to a closed bedroom door.

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 3:30 a.m. the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 1200 Block of NE Country Lane.

The occupant was awakened by the smoke alarms. The closed bedroom door kept out the heat and smoke that blocked his escape down the hallway. The occupant was able to get out of the house from a bedroom window and go to a neighbor’s house and have them call 911.

When the fire department arrived, smoke and fire was coming from several windows on the back of the house. The only occupant was safe outside.

As firefighters entered the structure, the fire had already spread into the attic and through the roof. Fire crews quickly had the fire under control by 4:05 a.m.

The fire originated in the area of kitchen and caused extensive damage to the house. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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