A Racine family has been displaced following a fire that happened at about 7:17 p.m. Sunday night at a residence at 310 Blaine Ave.

The family of four plus their two dogs escaped and were not injured.

Lt. Mike Moss, of the Racine Fire Department, said the fire was contained to the kitchen. The damage could have been much worse if it weren’t for the quick action of a neighbor, who noticed smoke coming out of the roof.

“The neighbor asked them if they were having a fire, but the house has no fireplace,” Moss said.

Seeing the heavy smoke, Eric Carroll, the homeowner, his wife Theresa, their daughter Emma and their son Aiden, and their two dogs evacuated the home. Theresa called 911. The fire started in the kitchen area and was caused by an electrical problem. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen. Half of the kitchen ceiling is down and there is heavy water damage.

 The family is staying with relatives.

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