Fire leaves RI family homeless

2013-01-08T06:53:00Z 2013-01-08T12:58:23Z Fire leaves RI family homelessTimes online staff The Quad-City Times
January 08, 2013 6:53 am  • 

A family of five is homeless after a fire damaged their Rock Island home Monday night.

Firefighters were called at 6:54 p.m. to a structure fire at 4502 8th Ave.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the 2½-story wood frame home. Firefighters found heavy fire in the basement which was extinguished, but the fire moved into first and second floor walls of the home. Crews had to open the walls up to get to the fires.

Moline Fire Department responded with a truck and a district chief for mutual aid.

A dog and hamster were rescued from the house by firefighters. There were no injuries.

The home received heavy smoke damage along with moderate to heavy fire damage.

The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the home and contents.

The family of  two adults and three children were assisted by the American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Rock Island Fire Marshal's Office.

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