A sleeping man awakened by a smoke alarm at 1201 11th St., Rock Island, tried to put out a fire before firefighters arrived and quickly extinguished the blaze on Monday morning.
Rodney Scott had just fallen back asleep after taking his wife to work when he was awakened by the sound of smoke alarms going off on the second floor of his duplex, according toRock Island Fire Battalion Chief Paul Hoffeditz.
Mr. Scott unlocked the back door of the upper unit and found it unoccupied and filled with smoke. He tried to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the kitchen, but was "forced out by the smoke and the heat," and called the fire department, the battalion chief said.
Firefighters arrived at about 9:58 a.m., and found a small amount of fire showing from the southwest corner window. The fire was extinguished by 10:06 a.m.
The occupant of the upstairs unit, Terrence Pullion, was notified of the blaze and arrived soon after. Few possessions were damaged since Mr. Pullion had moved into the residence only three days prior, the battalion chief said.
No one was injured, and officials said there was about $5,000 of damage to the upper floor, but the first floor apartment still is habitable.
The owner of the property said the building is not insured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.