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Neighborhood helping family displaced after house fire

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West Frankfort house fire

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (WSIL) -- Investigators are working to figure out what sparked a devastating house fire in West Frankfort Tuesday night.

The fire happened on South County Line Road.

While the fire destroyed all of their possessions, the family managed to escape the blaze.

Susan Malkovich watched in disbelief as her neighbor's home went up in flames.

"It was devastating for our neighborhood. You hate to see anybody go through that," said neighbor Susan Malkovich.

The West Frankfort fire department and multiple agencies arrived at the home around 7:30 Tuesday night to put out the fire.

"We were alerted by all of the sirens last night and of course all of our neighbors went down to see if there was anything we could do. It was fully engulfed as the fire trucks were arriving," said Malkovich.

A Captain at the West Frankfort fire department said they were able to get the fire under control with limited difficulty.

"We had a hydrant at the end of the road down there and they were able to set up a fill site," said West Frankfort Fire Captain Robert Williams.

Captain Williams told News 3 it took them around three hours to put out the fire.

Malkovich said they are a tight-knit neighborhood and will do everything they can to help them like providing them with warmer clothes.

"One of our neighbors took in the child and some of relatives so they had a warmer place to stay and we are collecting money today just to see if we could help with some odds and ends and doing a lot of praying," said Malkovich.

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Denise Turner

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