A man and two cats safely escaped an early-morning house fire Sunday at 1316 15th St., Rock Island.

The resident was outside when firefighters arrived. The fire spread into the walls of the two-story structure, which was built in 1900, according to the Rock Island County Assessor online records. The blaze then spread to the attic and dropped down the other side, said firefighters, who had the fire under control by 6:25 a.m.

One firefighter was sent to the hospital, and was treated then released.

Damage estimate is $60,000 on the house and $30,000 on its contents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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The American Red Cross was notified, firefighters said.

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