No one was injured in a house fire that happened in the early morning hours Thursday at a residence located at 449 South Street.

Pere Epps, who rents the home from Jeanne Dernehl, was home alone at 2:06 a.m. when the smoke alarm went off. Seeing the fire, Epps escaped the home uninjured. The fire was put out quickly, but the home has extensive smoke damage, according to a press release by the Racine Fire Department.

The damage was contained to the laundry room and kitchen. Epps stayed with family and did not require any assistance from the American Red Cross. The home was then turned over to the homeowner.

Officials with the Racine Fire Department are investigating the cause and origin of the fire. The estimated loss is $110,000.


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