Cat saved from Caseyville house fire
A Monday morning fire closed Illinois 157 in Caseyville, with drivers rerouted through town around the blaze.
Flames broke through the roof of a two-story home at 520 S. Main St. The Caseyville Fire Department fought the blaze, along with crews from the State Park Fire Protection, Hollywood Heights and French Village fire departments.
Terry Bell, deputy fire chief with the Caseyville Fire Department, said the fire started in an occupied attic in the two-story home. He said the cause of the fire has not been determined. According to a family member of the homeowner, three people were in the house at the time of the fire and all three were able to get out safely. A dog and cat were saved from the building.
Firefighters were unable to go on the offensive because of heavy smoke in the building, Paul said. An exterior attack included a ladder truck from the French Village Fire Department.
A passerby called in the fire at 7:46 a.m., Bell said.
“Our engine house is only a half a block away, so we got here pretty quick,” Bell said. “Unfortunately, the fire was up in the attic and we couldn’t get up there. We were kind of playing catch-up.”
Bell said the fire damage was confined to the attic area, but there is water damage throughout the residence, which is located on the east side of Illinois 157. About two blocks of the state highway were shut down for more than two hours. Traffic was diverted just a block west of the highway. There were no noticeable traffic delays because of the fire fight.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family that has been displaced.
“Fortunately, we got everybody out safely and there weren’t any injuries to any fire fighters,” Bell said.