"The homeowners had flagged down someone driving by and told him that the house was on fire and to call 911," said department spokesman
The home is at Blair and Spear drives, about four blocks from the department's headquarters on
"The first fire units were on scene in about two minutes and began searching the residence to find the location of the fire," he said. "We had a lot of smoldering, but not a lot of fire."
Swaney said that due to deceptive smoke conditions, firefighters initially believed the fire was in the attic, but crews searching inside located the origin of the fire in the basement of the one-story ranch home.
Smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the home.
The fire was under control by
"We had to rotate in and out a lot because of the heat," he said.
No injuries were reported.
The homeowners declined comment.
The home is fully insured, Swaney said, but damage estimates may be adjusted because insurance investigators were not able to get to the basement because of smoke and elevated carbon monoxide levels.
"The basement sustained heavy fire and water damage, and the main level sustained moderate smoke and water damage," he said.
Blair was blocked to through traffic for several hours.
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