An early morning fire caused about $200,000 in damage to a Morris home Friday.
Morris fire crews responded just after 12:10 a.m. Friday to the 900 block of East Washington Street for a reported structure fire, Fire Chief Tracey Steffes said.
When firefighters arrived, there were flames shooting out of a home's windows and doors. But emergency personnel quickly determined the single occupant of the home had safely evacuated.
"(That person was) very, very lucky (with) the volume of fire we had," Steffes said.
Morris firefighters and crews from neighboring agencies were on the scene until about 3:30 a.m. It was not clear how the blaze began, but its cause did not appear to be suspicious.
Fire officials determined there was about $200,000 in damage, based on the cost to rebuild the home and replace the occupant's belongings, Steffes said. He added it's important to ensure residents' homes are properly insured in cases of large-scale fires.
"You’d hate to have your house destroyed by fire and be short in replacing it," Steffes said. “It doesn’t take long for the cost to go up.”
No one was injured in the incident.