Person escapes East Moline house fire after being alerted by passerby

UPDATE:

The East Moline Fire Chief Curt Frerichs says one person was inside the house at the time of the fire, and was awaken by a passerby who saw the flames on the outside of the house.

That person was able to make it out safely with no injuries.

Chief Frerichs believes the fire started on the outside of the house, then moved into the attic.

Estimated costs for the damage right now is roughly 30 thousand dollars.

No word on what started the fire at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY:

East Moline and Moline Fire crews were busy early this morning October 26th, after a house erupted in flames.

It happened just before 3 a.m. off 31st Avenue in East Moline, right across the street from Ridgewood Elementary School and Glenview Middle School.

Our WQAD News Eight photographer at the scene says there is heavy smoke coming from the side of the home.

No word if anyone was inside at the time of the fire.