CALUMET CITY | The American Red Cross assisted a family of five early Wednesday after they were displaced from their home by a fire investigators believe may have been caused by careless smoking.
Deputy Fire Chief Rich Banske said a Calumet City firefighter was on his way to work around 5:30 a.m. at Station No. 1 at Wentworth Avenue and Pulaski Road when he saw smoke coming from the home in the 200 block of nearby 154th Place.
The firefighter called dispatchers and reported to the scene. The family was safely outside of the home when crews arrived.
Banske said the fire started in a couch in the basement of the home. A resident told fire investigators she smokes and was downstairs when the fire started.
The fire quickly spread to the second floor through the walls. Firefighters from Lansing, South Holland, Homewood and Thornton assisted in battling the blaze.
The home sustained significant smoke and water damage and is not inhabitable. Banske said the family is being assisted with shelter and other needs by the American Red Cross.