A Lockport Township woman and her infant child safely escaped a house fire Sunday night because of working smoke detectors, fire officials said Monday.
Lockport firefighters responded about 11:10 p.m. Sunday to a reported structure fire in the 21200 block of Covington Drive in unincorporated Lockport Township, according to a news release from the fire protection district.
Fire crews arrived to find a two-story single-family residence heavily involved in fire and immediately went to a defensive attack.
A mother, who was sleeping at the time the fire reportedly began, heard the home’s smoke detectors and was able to safely escape with her infant, according to the release. Neither was injured.
Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes but were on the scene for several hours. The blaze caused extensive damage, and part of the home’s interior collapsed, according to the release.
The fire’s cause is under investigation, and the Red Cross was called to assist the family involved.
Fire crews from Romeoville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, East Joliet, Homer and Troy also assisted Lockport firefighters.
“The Lockport Fire District would like to emphasize how this fire stresses the importance of working smoke detectors,” according to the release. “You should have a working smoke detector in every bedroom and on every level of your home, including the basement.”