Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames battling a fire that left a family displaced from their home in Highland Park Sunday afternoon, fire officials said.
The Highland Park Fire Department responded around 12:57 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of Cedar Avenue in Highland Park for a report of a structure fire.
Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage said crews arrived to find heavy smoke from the rear of a house.
Everyone in the home had evacuated and were outside when firefighters arrived.
The three workers and two residents at the home were uninjured, Schrage said.
The workers, who were with a heating and air conditioning company, were replacing a furnace at the time the fire began.
The fire may have started near the heater on the rear side of the home, Schrage said.
Firefighters worked for approximately 45 minutes to extinguish the fire, which was described as wind-driven.
Multiple fire departments from nearby towns assisted at the scene.
Schrage said the house sustained significant damage and was deemed uninhabitable. A damage estimate was not immediately available.
The American Red Cross responded but the family displaced made other living arrangements and did not need their services.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Highland Park Fire Department.