More than 20 fire departments battled fire and cold at a house fire in Edgerton that was discovered at about 2 a.m. Friday, authorities reported. The fire in the large, older three-story house on Albion Street was out by midmorning, but a large family was left homeless, according to the Edgerton Fire Department.

There were at least 11 occupants who evacuated safely, said Ryan Beckwith, deputy fire chief.

The large number of assisting departments was necessary because of the weather, he said, as firefighters needed to be rotated frequently. There were no reported injuries.

There was fire damage to the third floor and attic in the house, suspected as the origin, and smoke and water damage elsewhere, he said.

Beckwith said occupants were alerted to the fire by activated smoke detectors and a loud banging noise.

He said firefighters spent considerable time on the third floor "chasing many small pockets, we opened almost all the walls and ceilings. We spent a lot of effort there just because of the construction of the house."

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