A resident of the 7500 block of West Morrow Circle returned to her home Monday afternoon to find that her family's home had caught fire.
According to Capt. William Klim, the fire started in the family's finished basement after 4 p.m. The cause was still unknown as of 6 p.m. Monday.
"The basement is destroyed," Klim confirmed, adding that the fire "extended to the first floor."
No one was home at the time of the fire. The house is normally occupied by a family of six, including four children, according to neighbors–many of whom gathered around the scene Monday evening.
"I was peeling potatoes and I saw black smoke," neighbor Carol Perrin said. "I thought, 'What's going on?'"
Klim said that the extent of damage was not yet known, but that the fire had spread to the main floor of the home before Dearborn firefighters were able to stop it. Activity after that point consisted of opening up several walls of the home to ensure that the fire had not spread into the walls.
Perrin said she knew the home to be an immaculately clean one, lamenting the damage inside. Neighbors agreed they were just happy to hear that the family was safe.