KMOV)—A man woke to his house in flames early Thursday morning in Granite City.
The Granite City Fire Department received a call around 12:30 a.m. for a fire in the 2500 block of 27th Street.
When firefighters arrived, they found a garage in flames.
Officials say the fire quickly spread to the connected house and houses on either side of the original home, which sustained the most damage. The entire back half of that house was burned to the ground.
Everyone inside all three homes escaped safely.
Not too long before the fire broke out, neighbors say some teenagers were shooting off fireworks near the homes. Investigators will not say if that is the cause.
Power was cut off to the block after the blaze. Ameren crews said it will take a few hours to restore it.
A resident of the center house said his family is staying in a hotel.
To help one family affected by the fire, GCS federal credit union has opened a depository account for the "benefit of Charles Washington and family" donations can be made at any 7 locations. If you have any questions about this account please contact GCS Federal Credit Union at 618-797-7993.