Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fire that ripped through the basement of a Davenport home Saturday morning, leaving extensive damage.
It happened just before 10 a.m. in a house on West Locust Street, right across the street from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
It started in the basement and caused heavy damage there. The main level and upstairs suffered only smoke damage.
Firefighters say while the fire didn't take long to put out, the fact it was in the basement did present a challenge.
"We don't have the large windows that you normally have on the main level of your house to let the heat and smoke out, so they guys were dealing with quite a bit of heat, quite a bit of smoke in the basement before we could get ventilation through the small little windows that are in a basement," said Davenport Fire Department District Chief Neil Gaiety.
The homeowner was there at the time of the fire but was able to get out safely. Several cats were also saved.