ROMEOVILLE — A Romeoville police officer saved two people from a fire Sunday that left a residence uninhabitable.
At 10:19 a.m., Romeoville Police Officer Jeff Gifford saw a large cloud of smoke outside of the village's jurisdictional boundary. The smoke was coming from a home on the 21000 block of West Covington Drive that was on fire, according to a news release.
After Gifford unsuccessfully tried to make contact at the front door, he located an unlocked door and went inside where he found two people who had been sleeping. He was able to assist them out of the house safely.
The fire was eventually extinguished by Lockport Township Fire Department, who arrived on the scene at 10:24 a.m., said Frank Blaskey, Lockport Township Fire Deputy Chief.
Blaskey said firefighters were on the scene for a little more than one hour and investigators determined the cause was discarded ashes from a fire pit.
The residence is uninhabitable, sustaining damages estimated between $50,000 to $60,000, he said.