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, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.