CHAMPION - Five people, including an infant, escaped an early Monday morning house fire that officials say led to $130,000 in damages.
Smoke detectors may have saved their lives.
The family is staying temporarily with relatives as the holidays approach.
Fire Chief John Hickey said the cause of the fire at 5960 Parkman Road remains under investigation, but it is believed to have started around a wood-burning stove in the basement.
The Fire Department responded about 4:30 a.m. to a single-family home.
Most of the damage occurred in the basement and kitchen as the blaze shot up through the kitchen floor. The entire home suffered smoke damage, he said.
Hickey said the family, which included two adults, two teenagers and an infant, was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and were able to escape safely.
Jessica Jaros, program specialist with the Trumbull-Mercer Chapter of the American Red Cross, said the Red Cross went to the scene to assist the family with information on how to salvage items such as pictures and books from smoke damage.
Jaros said the family had homeowner's insurance and had contacted their insurance agent and relatives in the area so they did not need lodging, clothing or food assistance from the Red Cross.
Fire reports indicate the property is owned by Starla Abbott.
In addition to Champion, fire crews from Southington and Warren Township assisted at the blaze. Crews were able to board up windows and a hole in the roof.