CAHOKIA HEIGHTS, Ill. – Several residents in Cahokia Heights were forced from their homes overnight after an intense fire destroyed one house and damaged two others.
It all happened on Doris Avenue near Cahokia High School and not far from Route 157.
Authorities confirm that everyone has been accounted for and there are no injuries from the fire, but there is a lot of property damage.
Crews got the call around 4:00 a.m. Cahokia Heights Police were the first ones to arrive at the scene. They pounded on doors, making sure everyone got out of homes in the immediate area. The fire quickly grew to two alarm, crews from five different departments responded.
The Chief of the Cahokia Fire Department Stephen Robbins told us when his crews arrived, the home where the fire started were already fully involved and the flames were spreading to the homes on both sides of it.
Firefighters were able to save the homes on both side of the house where the fire started, but there wasn’t much that could be done for the middle home where the flames broke out – it was destroyed from the intense blaze.
The Illinois state fire marshal was there to help determine a cause. So far, that investigation is still ongoing. FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.