Man escapes house fire in Clay Township

POSTED: 10:47 PM EDT Oct 17, 2013    UPDATED: 10:50 PM EDT Oct 17, 2013 
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CLAY TOWNSHIP -

A man was able to safely escape his burning St. Joseph County home Thursday night.

Around 6:45 p.m., Clay Territory firefighters were called to the 17300 block of Fleetwood Lane. When they arrived, they found smoke coming from the front door and eves of the house.

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The man living there was alerted of the fire when he heard a crackling noise coming from the kitchen. He got out of the house and called 911.

Investigators believe the blaze started in the kitchen. 

It was quickly brought under control by Clay Fire crews.

Fire damage spread to an attic on the second floor.

Damage to the home is estimated around $30,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.