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Firefighters check for hot spots after a fire destroyed this home at 2501 47th Ave., Rock Island, on Saturday. No one was injured in the blaze.

A fire destroyed a Rock Island home Saturday afternoon.

Blackhawk Fire Protection District Fire Chief Doug DuBree said the fire at 2501 47th Ave. was reported at 2:39 p.m.

The single-story frame home of 531 square feet was built in 1927 on an 8,038-square-foot lot that sits across 47th Avenue from the Rock River, according to the Rock Island County Assessor’s electronic records.

DuBree had Rock Island Fire and Coyne Center Fire departments respond for mutual aid as there are not fire hydrants in the area.

Advance Medical Transport Ambulance arrived on the scene first as they were close by and reported flames in the southeast corner of the home, DuBree said.

“Rock Island got here first and started getting water on it,” DuBree said. “But the fire had changed quickly by the time Rock Island arrived on the scene and had spread from the southeast corner to the west side of the house.”

The fire also had gotten into the attic area of the home, he said.

A pet dog was rescued by neighbors, but the whereabouts of the family’s cat was unknown Saturday afternoon.

DuBree said he was concerned about the home next door which suffered heat damage with melted siding and a cracked back window. “My big concern was getting the fire in the southeast corner knocked down right away so the fire would not spread to the neighbor’s home.”

The Red Cross was called in to aid the homeowners who showed up after the fire was extinguished.

No one was injured. 

A cause of the blaze had not been determined, DuBree said, adding that the State Fire Marshal will investigate.

DuBree said the house is a total loss.

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