A Normal home was heavily damaged in a fire Wednesday night.
The Normal Fire Department responded to the fire at 25 Ethell Parkway at 7:35 p.m. to find smoke coming from a background cabinet. The residents and their pets evacuated the house.
Backup was called in from Bloomington, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. Additional hot spots were extinguished in the attic and walls of the room above the garage.
The heaviest fire was concentrated in the garage of the split-level home, with siding, a vehicle and a garage door damaged. The smoke and heat damage extended into the home, with moderate smoke and water damage throughout the house.
“It’s fortunate that the family was home, and that this occurred when they were awake,” said Matt Swaney, Public Information Officer for Normal Fire Department in a statement. “Their ability to call us quickly made a big difference in firefighters being able to stop this fire before it involved more of the home. In the middle of the night, this fire would have had a greater head start and would be burning directly under them as they slept.”
Firefighters cleared the scene around 9:30 p.m. A cause and origin of the fire are still undetermined. A damage estimate is not available.