Six escape fire after being alerted by neighbor

Posted: Feb. 28, 2014 9:54 pm Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 10:14 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Six children escaped from a house fire Friday night on Quincy's north side, after a neighbor alerted them to a fire on the home's second floor.

Firefighters were dispatched at 7:36 p.m. to the report of a structure fire. Engine Company No. 4, based one block away, was first on the scene at 1231 Locust, where all the occupants had already gotten to safety.

"On arrival, they had fire coming from the second floor window of the house," said Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning.

The fire was quickly extinguished by crews. Damage was significant to the second floor of the house. No injuries were reported.

Homeowner Dan Kramer had returned home to find fire crews battling the blaze. His four sons and his brother's two children were playing video games on the ground floor of the home.

"They had somebody knocking on the door telling them to get out," he said.

A cause remains under investigation.

"We've got investigators on the scene already, so they're going to start taking a look, talking to some people and see what they can determine," Henning said.