Originally Posted Online: Dec. 03, 2012, 8:27 pm
Last Updated: Dec. 03, 2012, 8:57 pm

RI man awakes to Monday fire

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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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The Rock Island Fire Department responded to the call of a structure fire at 1201 11th Street in Rock Island at 9:56 am on Monday Dec. 3, 2012. When they arrived smoke was coming from the second floor windows in the front of the duplex. According to Rock Island Asst. Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey the resident on the first floor was awakened a smoke detector on the second floor, looked outside to see smoke coming from the windows. He attempted to extinguish the first with a fire before firefighters arrived with an extinguisher but was unsuccessful due to smoke and heat. No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
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Photo: Todd Mizener
The Rock Island Fire Department responded to the call of a structure fire at 1201 11th Street in Rock Island at 9:56 am on Monday Dec. 3, 2012. When they arrived smoke was coming from the second floor windows in the front of the duplex. According to Rock Island Asst. Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey the resident on the first floor was awakened a smoke detector on the second floor, looked outside to see smoke coming from the windows. He attempted to extinguish the first with a fire before firefighters arrived with an extinguisher but was unsuccessful due to smoke and heat. No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

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.