Firefighters from Cahokia and Camp Jackson fire departments put out a home fire on Julie Avenue early Wednesday morning.
Cahokia Fire Chief Stephen Robbins said the homeowner, believed to be an elderly resident, was not home at the time of the fire. The incident was reported at around 7:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Julie Avenue.
“Crews arrived on scene and found heavy smoke coming from the structure,” Robbins said. “Neighbors said there was an elderly lady who lives here, but she’s not home.”
The fire chief said firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof of the house to let out the smoke so firefighters were unable to get farther into the house. Several items blocked the inside of the home, he said.
Robbins said the cause of the fire was under investigation. Firefighters were not sure where the fire started, but said at least one or two rooms had heavy smoke damage.
No injuries were reported on Julie Avenue, though during a separate fire at another Cahokia home earlier Wednesday, one man was taken to a St. Louis hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire was reported in the 900 block of Frontenac Street at around 2:30 a.m. Robbins said it was a grease fire that started in the kitchen.
“The crew made entry into the building and found a small fire on the stove. While they were searching the house, they found somebody in the bathroom who was confused, disoriented, had signs of smoke inhalation around his eyes, nose and mouth,” Robbins said.
The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance, he said.