A father and his two children escaped their burning Crest Hill home early Tuesday morning, according to the Lockport Township Fire Protection District.
Neither the family nor the fire crews dispatched to the scene were injured in the incident that broke out just after midnight Monday, Lockport Deputy Fire Chief Frank Blaskey said in a news release.
The house was heavily damaged by the fire, according to the fire protection district.
Fire crews responded to the in the 1800 block of Oakland Avenue, Blaskey said.
The father and two children safely exited the home before fire crews arrived, Blaskey said.
Smoke was billowing from the burning one story, single-family residence by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, Blaskey said.
The fire started in the basement of the house, he said.
The blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes but firefighters still had to perform “extensive overhaul” to completely extinguish the fire, Blaskey said.
“The home was left uninhabitable due to the extensive smoke and fire damage,” Blaskey said.
The estimated cost in damages to the home was about $30,000, he said.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire remained under investigation, Blaskey said.