Kenosha family displaced after house fire

CREATED Mar 30, 2014

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KENOSHA -- Firefighters spent Sunday morning battling a two alarm fire in Kenosha.

When firefighters got to to the house on 16th Avenue, it was filled with smoke. It was so unsafe they had to fight the fire from outside.

Gray plumes of smoke filled the air as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames.

“It was a difficult battle from the outside,” says Division Chief Phil Johnson.

Luckily, the family of five who lived here weren't home at the time. They were in Chicago visiting family. We spoke to the mom on the phone. She tells TODAY'S TMJ4 they lost everything in the fire.

Neighbors nearby were evacuated.

“Right as of now, I have a little water damage in the basement,” says neighbor Deborah Bedford. “But it’s just water in the house.”

As firefighters worked, she watched from a neighbor’s front steps.

“I was a little worried at first until I saw that stream of water they were doing down the middle of the driveway. They were telling me my house was OK,” adds Bedford.

The family returned to the home Sunday morning to check out the damage. And for now, they’ll be staying with family.

Investigators are still trying to find out what started the fire, but they tell TODAY’S TMJ4 it doesn't look suspicious.