PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Firefighters worked to put out flames at a home in Paxton this morning.

Officials say the house was vacant when they arrived.

It happened at east Orleans and south College streets at around 6:50 this morning.

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren says the fire started on the first floor and worked its way to the top of the home.

One neighbor told us he could see the fire from his window.

“It was a lot of smoke, a lot of smoke coming from what looked like the upstairs area,” says Claude Wilson. “Eventually, it took about, I’d say, 30 or 40 minutes, and they were going in there and opening up holes in the attic area and then, in the ceiling. I guess to let it air out a little bit.”

Officials say there was extensive damage to the house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Neighbor Claude Wilson says the house was in the process of being renovated.

A family was supposed to move-in tomorrow. They are still in disbelief.

They told us they are extremely relieved no one was in the house.