UPDATE as of 5:47pm – The Fire Chief of the Port Byron Fire Department confirms that no one was at the house at the time of the fire, but they say they believe a dog may have been inside.
He also tells News 8 that fire crews had a difficult time getting to the house because high winds pushed down the smoke and a drop in temperatures caused some icy conditions on a steep hill leading to the house.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
UPDATE as of 3:22pm — A deputy with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department tells News 8 that no one was home at the time of the fire.
EARLIER STORY — Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in Port Byron, Illinois at this hour.
Emergency crews received reports of a structure fully engulfed in flames around 2:00pm on Sunday, December 29th, 2013. The structure is located at 461 Ravine Street, Port Byron.
Initial reports say the building was a two-story house and it’s burnt to the ground.
News 8 has a crew on the scene and will have the latest on News 8 at 5pm.