BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Belvidere Fire and other agencies were on scene of a house fire for nearly two hours in temperatures as low as -12 degrees.
Crews were called to the fire in the 1200 block of W. 10th St. around 3:15 a.m. Firefighters reported smoke and flames coming from the second story.
Belvidere police helped a man get out of the house. He was then taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
The department says a cat was rescued from the fire as well and was taken to Boone County Animal Services for precautionary reasons.
Belvidere Fire says it was put out in 15 minutes. However, crews had to stay on sight for two hours in temperatures reaching -12 degrees, performing salvage and overhaul techniques.
No firefighters were hurt. The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages.