A family managed to escape a 3-alarm fire inside their large home in north suburban Riverwoods, officials said.
No injuries were reported in the blaze, which started about 3 a.m. in the 1000 block of Hiawatha Lane, according to the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District.
A fire detector alerted the family who were able to escape without injury, said Chief Fred Kruger. One person who was in the basement where the fire broke out was able to get out through a fire escape built at the home.
Smoke could be seen for miles as fire crews worked for more than three hours to extinguish the blaze. The floor of the first floor collapsed and the basement sustained heavy water damage.
"We will not be able to determine the cause of the fire until the basement is pumped," said Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection Chief Fred Kruger.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. His injuries were non-life threatening, Kruger said.
"We were very fortunate this morning," he said.
Homeowner Ellen Shoem, who was visibly shaken at the scene told a Tribune photographer that four teenagers were able to escape without harm.
The large home sustained heavy smoke and water damage and the residents are displaced, Kruger said.
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