Five people are now homeless after their home at 2336 Gilsen Street was destroyed by a fire after a box fan started on fire in a bedroom early Monday morning.
Four adults and a child were sleeping at 1:17 a.m. Monday when they were woken up by a smoke alarm. Firefighters contained the fire to a bedroom on the second floor. But the smoke damaged much of what was inside the house, according to a press release by the Racine Fire Department.
The Red Cross is helping the family find shelter.
“Working smoke alarms prevented what could have been a very catastrophic fire,” the press release reads.
The estimated loss is $50,000.
Officials with the Racine Fire Department want to remind citizens to test their smoke alarms once a month.
“Every level of your home needs at least one working smoke alarm and one carbon monoxide alarm. It is suggested that every bedroom also have a smoke alarm,” according to the press release.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (262) 635-7921 during weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.