By Bob Uphues
A family of three has been displaced from their North Riverside home after a fire ignited in the basement just before 6 p.m. on Feb. 18.
No one was hurt, said Fire Chief John Kiser, but smoke and heat damage throughout the brick raised ranch house at 2209 Northgate Ave. made the home uninhabitable. Representatives from the Red Cross were on the scene at about 7:20 p.m., assisting the family.
"We're working with the Red Cross to get them accommodations for tonight," Kiser said.
Kiser said that four people —an adult woman, her infant child and two others described as teenagers — were inside the house when the fire started in the basement. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Kiser said. A couple and their young child live at the home.
Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the basement, and firefighters were not required to vent the roof of the home. However, all of the basement and first-floor windows and doors were removed to ventilate the structure.
Firefighters from Broadview, Forest Park and Berwyn assisted North Riverside.