A house fire early Monday in Coal Valley displaced a family of six and caused an estimated $25,000 to $40,000 in damages.
The fire in the ranch-style home occurred in the 12000 block of 92nd Avenue. Coal Valley Fire Chief David Dunham arrived at the single-family residence about 7:40 a.m. Smoke was showing, he said, and the fire appeared to be in the attic of the home. The cause remains under investigation.
"We ended up calling for more help," Dunham said. The home's occupants all escaped safely.
A married couple and their four children are staying in a local hotel for a few days with the help of the American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities Area. No one was injured.
Dunham said firefighters were on the scene for about two hours. The state fire marshal will investigate the scene.
"My guys did an excellent job. They got inside quickly and got that fire knocked down," Dunham said.
From July 2012 to June 30, 2013, the American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities Area has assisted 242 families after a fire or other disaster, according to Linda Parker, with the organization. In the same period last year, the Red Cross had assisted 143 families.