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House fire under investigation

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – A fire that broke out at a Rock Falls home Thursday morning caused considerable damage and rendered it “unlivable,” fire officials said.

The state fire marshal’s office is trying to determine the cause of the blaze at 600 E. Second St. Foul play is not suspected at this point, Rock Falls Deputy Chief Gary Cook said.

A neighbor who saw smoke called around 10:20 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the single-story home, heavy smoke was coming from the attic and a room off of the kitchen was fully engulfed, Cook said.

Tax records show the home belongs to Michael Hall, who was out of town, Cook said. Two birds and a cat were rescued uninjured.

The house was not destroyed, but is “not livable,” Cook said.

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