Firefighters are working to learn what caused a pre-dawn fire that gutted a home in East St. Louis Sunday.
East St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief Todd Hill said firefighters were summoned to the home in the 600 block of North 37th Street around 5:35 a.m. Sunday and arrived to find heavy fire inside the home.
Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, but not before most of the inside of the house was gutted. The fire also caused severe damage to the outside of the home, including blown out windows, melted siding and gutters and damage to parts of the roof.
As firefighters prodded the outside of the home with pike poles in search of hot spots, gray smoke sifted out through the eaves of the home, settling on the neighborhood like fog.
The five people who were in the home at the time were able to get out. “Two adults and three children. Everybody’s safe,” Hill said.
Hill said firefighters were not yet able to determine where the fire started or what caused it.
“It’s hard to tell because there was so much fire when they got here,” Hill said. “The good thing is everybody got out safe.”