SIOUX CITY -- Quick thinking by a child on the way out of a burning home prevented a fire from doing more damage to a Sioux City house Saturday.
Before leaving the house at 2826 Nebraska St., the child closed the door of a basement room in which a fire had started. That action contained the fire to a single room, said Ryan Collins, Sioux City Fire Rescue deputy fire marshal.
"That saved quite a bit of property damage that could have happened otherwise," Collins said.
Collins said it was the second time in less than a week that a resident had closed the door to a room in which a fire had started before exiting. Collins said it's a good reminder that if it's safe to do so, always close doors when evacuating a building in an effort to contain the blaze.
Firefighters received the call of the fire at the single-family, two-story home at 8:47 p.m. Saturday. Collins said because the fire was contained to one room in the basement, there was no structural damage to the main or second floors. The house was red-tagged as unfit for human occupation because of damage to electrical wiring and some plumbing.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is still under investigation, Collins said.
The five occupants evacuated the home safely, and there were no injuries to them or firefighters. Collins said three cats were taken out of the house, and their conditions are unknown. Photos posted on the department's Twitter page showed firefighters administering oxygen to one of the cats, a common practice when pets are removed from homes, Collins said.
"Anytime we respond to a house fire with pets inside the home, we treat them as we would a person," he said.