EAST CHICAGO | A fire Tuesday at a home in the 4900 block of Tod Avenue left a family of six homeless, officials said.
Firefighters initially were called to the alley behind the home for a call of tree limbs resting on wires on a NIPSCO electrical pole, Assistant Fire Chief Arturo Vazquez said.
"They were checking that out when the house caught on fire," Vazquez said.
Vazquez said firefighters had the blaze under control in about 30 minutes. No one was injured in the fire, which caused extensive damage to the home and a home and garage to the north.
The fire displaced a family of six, including children ages 7, 5 and 6 months, he said. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.
Vazquez said roofers were working on the home when the fire broke out. It was unclear whether their work or the tree limbs on the NIPSCO lines may have sparked the blaze.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Vazquez said.