Officials responded to a house fire shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday at Lebanon Avenue and Linden Drive near Shiloh after a passerby called 911 to report the fire.
Two residents were inside the home sleeping when the fire occurred. Shiloh police officers were able to wake them up and get them out of the burning house safely, according to acting O’Fallon Fire Chief Tim Claxton said.
Those residents declined to comment about the blaze. An on-duty officer, Lt. Brad White, was a few blocks over at his residence at the time of the fire. He told the BND he could see flames over the trees.
“Unfortunately, the whole back side of the house was on fire — both stories and into the attic space and through the roof by the time we arrived,” Claxton said “The first two companies got a pretty good knock down, but we’ve been spending the last hour and a half trying to put out all the hidden fires in the void spaces.”
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No one was injured during the fire.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal will assist local authorities investigating the cause and origin of the fire.
“It’s very difficult when there’s this much damage,” Claxton said.
Fire crews from Mascoutah, Scott Air Force Base, Hollywood Heights, Swansea, Fairview Heights and the Belleville East side all assisted in fighting the fire.
“We appreciate all their help,” Claxton said.
The fire caused significant backups for morning commuters on Lebanon Avenue, but the road reopened to traffic about 7:15 a.m.