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Occupants safely escape house fire in Normal

Fire crews in Normal say everyone safety got out of a house in Normal after the home caught fire Friday afternoon.

Firefighters spray water on house fire
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Firefighters work to extinguish an enclosed porch which was fully involved in fire when they arrived at 400 Jersey Avenue.

Normal Fire Department public information officer Matt Swaney said crews were called to the 400 block of Jersey Avenue around 12:20 p.m.

Swaney said an enclosed porch in the back of the house was fully engulfed while the fire began to spread to the rest of the home when crews arrived. Firefighters knocked down the main fire in a few minutes then put out hot spots and cut holes in the roof for ventilation and to assess damage in the attic, he said.

The house had extensive smoke and water damage throughout the home and is livable, according to Swaney. He said the Red Cross was on scene to help the occupants with immediate needs.

No occupants or firefighters were injured, according to Swaney. He said the home is insured and the tenants have rental insurance.

The cause is under investigation.

Normal Police closed Jersey Avenue while fire crews remained on scene to protest fire hoses from vehicle traffic.

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