What began as a kitchen fire Sunday morning, caused heavy damage to a home in the 1000 block of SE Bordner Drive.

According to a release from the Lee's Summit Fire Department, residents of the home were not present at the time of the incident. A neighbor called 911 to report the fire at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, reporting smoke coming from the roof of the house.

When the fire department arrived, smoke and fire was visible from the rear of a two-story, single-family residence. There were no occupants outside and two vehicles in the driveway. Neighbors indicated the occupants were out of town.

Firefighters entered the smoke filled house and found the fire in the heavily involved kitchen had burned through to the second floor and into the attic. Crews knocked down the fire and completed extensive overhaul of the burned areas to extinguish the fire. The incident was under control by 8:17 a.m. The occupants of the house were accounted for, and a search of the house did confirm it was unoccupied. Two cats were found alive in the house.

The fire heavily damaged the kitchen, dining room, second floor bedroom, and a portion of the attic. Heat and smoke damaged the remainder of the structure.

The fire originated in the kitchen. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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