House fire started in bedroom

2013-02-15T12:14:00Z 2013-02-15T15:13:26Z House fire started in bedroomBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
February 15, 2013 12:14 pm  • 

Fire erupted in a bedroom and tore through the rest of a Rock Island home Friday morning, displacing four adults, officials said.

Rock Island firefighters responded at 8:05 a.m. to the southwest corner of 13th Street and 13th Avenue and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the west side of the home, Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey said.

Three adults were inside the multi-family home when the fire started. A male resident living in one of two first-floor apartments, where the fire started, alerted residents in the other first-floor apartment and an upstairs apartment, Yerkey said.

The male resident attempted to extinguish the fire himself, but it spread too rapidly, Yerkey said.

Firefighters pulled a charred mattress out of the first-floor apartment.

The building is uninhabitable at this time, and the American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities Area assisted the residents with an emergency place to stay, food, necessary medications or health items and clothes.

No one was injured, and the cause is under investigation.

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