Fox Point - An estimated $50,000 damage was caused by a fire early Saturday, Sept. 17, in Fox Point.

The homeowner at 314 E. Spooner Road was awakened at about 3:26 a.m. Sept. 17 by smoke alarms in the basement. Upon reaching the first floor, he noted smoke coming through the vents of the home and ultimately noted heavy black smoke coming up from the basement. He was able to alert the other occupant of the home, dial 911 and evacuate the home with the other occupant and all three family pets.

"This is clear evidence that working smoke alarms save lives and provide early notification in an emergency, especially at night," said Lt. Dan Tyk of the North Shore Fire Department.

The North Shore Fire Department and local police were dispatched to the home, where they found heavy smoke throughout the home. Fire crews aggressively attacked the fire in the basement. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, but North Shore Fire Department officials believe the fire started near a dehumidifier unit in the center of the basement.

Fire and water damage was contained to the basement; however, there is extensive smoke damage throughout the home. The preliminary damage estimate to the structure and contents about $50,000.

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