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Crews respond to house fire near 36th and Harrison in Quincy

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A Quincy family is homeless Wednesday night after a fire broke out in their garage just before noon.  Firefighters were able to fight the blaze within an hour of being called, but there was substantial damage.

Neighbors and homeowners said it started with a pop here in this garage, then a fire broke out resulting in the damage you can see behind me.  While firefighters are still trying to find the cause, residents tell me it happened in an instant. 

Sixteen firefighters battled the smokey fire at Roger Meyer's house during the noon hour today.  As Meyer looks on at the damage to his house, he recalls what happened when the fire broke out. 

"My wife, grandson and I was in the house and we had a guy putting a new front door on and he said he heard a pop in the garage," he said.  

Firefighters rushed in as fast as possible.  They even had to take down ceilings to fight fires in the attic.  Quincy Fire Department Fire Chief Joe Henning said this was a significant fire. 

"There's quite a bit of damage in there. I can tell you at least everything on the end of the garage was is all pretty much consumed," he said.  

For Meyer, he's just trying to find out how this happened. 

"We're just wondering. What happened. What could've happened that quick.  I was just in the garage about 30 minutes before that and there was nothing out of the ordinary then," Meyer said.  

Meyer got out with only the clothes on his back.  He said he and his family have a place to stay and despite not salvaging anything from the home, things could've been worse. 

"We're all safe and I guess things can be replaced," he said. 

Meyer said he did ask for assistance with the Red Cross, from which he and his family will get food, shelter, clothing and medicine for as long as needed. Chief Henning said no injuries were reported. 

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