A fire forced a family of seven from their home in Cahokia Friday night.
Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 315 St. Kevin St. at 10:07 p.m. The first arriving firefighters reported at least one rear room of the home being fully engulfed in flames, according to emergency radio transmissions.
Camp Jackson, Dupo and Prairie Du Pont firefighters also were dispatched to assist the Cahokia crews in the firefight. Emergency radio transmissions indicated firefighters had the flames under control by 10:37 p.m. As of 10:50 p.m. crews were clearing smoke from the home using fans and checking for hot spots in the rear of the home and in the garage.
The Red Cross was summoned to assist the family. At least one ambulance was on the scene but it wasn’t immediately clear whether any residents or firefighters were injured.