A home at 4401 Vernon Ave. in Brookfield sustained extensive interior fire and smoke damage after a blaze ignited there at about 2:50 p.m. on June 8.

Brookfield Fire Capt. Bob Shamasko told the Landmark a little less than two hours after the alarm call came in that no one appears to have been home at the time of the fire but that investigators were still making sure that was the case.

“I can’t verify that at this time,” Shamasko said.

Neighbor Marie LeGros said she learned of the fire after hearing fire engines roaring up to the scene. She said she went outside and saw smoke pouring out of a second-floor window on the north side of the home, which sits on the southeast corner of Vernon and Congress Park avenues, across the street from Ehlert Park.

Firefighters assess the damage to the home at 4401 Vernon Ave. in Brookfield after a house fire there on June 8. | Bob Uphues/Editor

Shamasko said it appeared the fire began in the rear portion of the home, but that its cause and exact point of origin was undetermined at this time.

Vehicles from about a dozen other fire departments responded to the scene.