A man sleeping in a basement bedroom awoke to smoke coming from the vents around 10:30 Monday morning near 15th and Binney.  He and another person inside the house were able to make it out safely.

Acting Battalion Chief Chris Newton tells Newsradio 1110 KFAB the fire started in the basement and spread through the walls up to the first floor. The house also sustained smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the American Red Cross is helping the residents with living arrangements.