CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Lake Fire Chief Todd Wilkening said an activated smoke detector alerted a sleeping Cedar family to a fire in their home late Saturday night.
Wilkening said the two adults were able to safely get out of their burning home in the 14900 block of Belmont.
“The smoke detector saved their lives,” Wilkening said.
Wilkening said firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at the 3,000-square-foot home in about 45 minutes. Cedar Lake was assisted by the Lowell, Lake Dalecarlia, Crown Point, St. John and Lake Hills Fire Departments, he said.
Damage is estimated at $180,000 and Wilkening said the fire is not of a suspicious origin. He said the official cause has not been determined but it may have started when a light caused a bird’s nest to catch fire.
Wilkening said the displaced family is staying with relatives.