(KMOV.com) -- A four family building in north St. Louis suffered heavy smoke and water damage after a fire broke out in one of the units Wednesday morning.
Fire crews responded to the two-story, four family brick building in the 4100 block of West Carter Avenue around 4:30 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene, they discovered heavy smoke on the second floor. Captain Sutter with the St. Louis Fire Department said the fire was in the rear of one of the second floor units.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the second floor, but the first floor sustained heavy smoke and water damage. Officials said the home is not habitable due to the damage.
According to reports, three of the four units in the building were occupied, but no one was home when the fire broke out. Since no one was in the building at the time of the fire, the Red Cross did not respond, but representatives said they will be available to assist those living in the building if they need it.
Investigators said they are aware that a family was evicted from the building on Tuesday. The fire started in the same unit that the evicted family lived in. Officials have not yet determined if the fire was accidental or intentionally set.