OLYMPIA FIELDS (STMW) — A man who was inside a home that started burning was able to escape unharmed Saturday morning in Olympia Fields, police said.

The fire started about 8 a.m. at a one-story brick home at 25 Danube Way, said Olympia Fields Chief of Police Jeff Chudwin.

A man who was inside the house at the time smelled the smoke or saw smoke and was able to get out after calling 911.

“The fire spread quickly through the home,’’ Chudwin said. It left the house with extensive damage, and “gutted.’’

The blaze was extinguished in about 30 minutes and no one was hurt. Chudwin said there was no reason to suspect foul play, but it was not known how or where in the house the fire started.

The home’s occupant will not be able to stay there, the chief said.

Chudwin said no nearby homes had to be evacuated and investigators remained on the scene early Saturday afternoon.

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