Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown's house in the Calumet Heights neighborhood of Chicago caught fire Friday night.
Brown and her husband were returning home when they found the house on fire, her spokeswoman Enza Raineri said.
Nobody was inside the home when the fire started, Raineri said, though the couple’s two big dogs were able to escape.
The Chicago Fire Department responded to the home on the 8800 block of South Constance Avenue at 9:10 p.m.
“There was a decent amount of fire,” said Chicago Fire Department Chief Kevin MacGregor, a department spokesman.
The first responding crews reported frozen fire hydrants but they were still able to get water and strike the alarm “in short order,” MacGregor said.
The fire was in the basement and first floor, part of which collapsed, according to the Fire Department.
MacGregor said it was too early to say what may have caused the fire, which didn’t damage any neighboring homes.
Nobody was injured.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times