Firefighters respond to a fire that left a house uninhabitable in the 18700 block of Beck Road in unincorporated Marengo Monday afternoon. | Photo: MFRD

A basement fire Monday afternoon left an unincorporated Marengo home uninhabitable and a family cat missing, fire officials said.

The Marengo Fire & Rescue Districts responded at 1:37 p.m. Monday to the 18700 block of Beck Road in unincorporated Marengo for a report of a structure fire.

Marengo Fire & Rescue Districts Communication Specialist Alex Vucha said the homeowner noticed light smoke coming from their house and called 911.

Firefighters arrived within 10 minutes and found a working fire in the basement of the residence.

They were challenged by heavy smoke conditions in the basement but were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes, Vucha said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for an additional four hours to overhaul and investigate the fire.

Firefighters respond to a fire that left a house uninhabitable in the 18700 block of Beck Road in unincorporated Marengo Monday afternoon. | Photo: MFRD

Vucha said the fire was contained to the basement, but the house sustained heavy smoke damage throughout.

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Two adults and two children were displaced due to the fire.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide relief to the residents.

No injuries were reported, Vucha said, but a family cat went missing during the fire and was not located inside the residence.

A damage estimate was not immediately available and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, although officials believe the fire is not suspicious in nature.