CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - A fire at an abandoned house in Cairo, Ill. late Sunday night spread to a second home causing serious damage.
Cairo police say the call for the original fire came in around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Avenue.
The abandoned house did not have running utilities and was in rough condition before the fire broke out, according to the fire chief.
The house that the fire spread to reportedly had four to five people living inside who were asleep at the time of the fire.
Marcus Hines was at a Super Bowl and heard on the scanner that his house was on fire.
"I wasn't worried about the material things," Hines said. "You can always replace that stuff. You can't replace kids."
It was Hines' son, Aaron Adams, who saw the fire first.
"I looked out the window and it was all orange," Adams said. "I was just in a panic."
Adams said the first thing he did get his 2-year-old brother out of the house. Then, he went back in and woke up his mom and others.
"My mom she was like crying and hugging me and stuff," Adams said. "She kept thanking me for mainly being a like hero."
"I'm glad my son was here at the time and they got everybody out like they are supposed to," Hines said.
With the family fully intact, they started collecting what they could.
"It's real bad," Hines said. "I don't even like looking at it. It hurts man on the inside. It takes away from my family you know."
"It doesn't look like my house at all," Adams said.
The roof of the house was heavily damaged and the family lost everything they had inside the home.
The American Red Cross is helping the family and has paid for the family to stay in a hotel for three nights.
The state fire marshal will be on the scene to investigate.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.