SOUTH BEND -

Firefighters in South Bend have spent much of Tuesday morning battling a house fire on the city's west side.

The fire started just before 3:30 this morning in the 4000 block of West Garden Place.

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When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and an active fire at the rear of the home.

The family was able to escape safely, according to officials.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.