Beloit Township fire displaces family and pets

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Thursday, January 12, 2012
— When Carol Cerros woke in the middle of the night, she thought a light was shining through her home’s bathroom window.

When she investigated, she realized it was a reflection from a fire outside the garage, said Capt. Rich Tippelt of the Town of Beloit Fire Department.

The fire early Wednesday morning started in a corner of Carol and Antonio Cerros’ attached garage. It caused an estimated $100,000 damage to the home, which is valued at $230,000, according to a Town of Beloit Fire Department news release.

Firefighters from three departments responded at 1:33 a.m. to 2311 S. Madison Road. Emergency crews found the garage fully engulfed in flames, the release said.

The Cerros, their adult child, three dogs and two cats evacuated before fire crews arrived, Tippelt said.

Highway 213 was shut down for more than 2 1/2 hours while firefighters battled the blaze. The road reopened shortly after 4:30 a.m., Tippelt said.

Authorities Wednesday weren’t sure what caused the blaze, but it’s not being considered suspicious, Tippelt said. He said investigators had not ruled out electrical malfunction or the “misuse of smoking materials” as possible causes.

The home was not destroyed, there was significant damage, and it is uninhabitable, Tippelt said.

“Our speculations are that it’s probably going to have to be rebuilt,” he said.

The American Red Cross and SWEPT volunteers are assisting the family, Tippelt said.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for a cut hand. No other injuries were reported.

Last updated: 7:20 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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