Victim identified following fatal Glendale house fire

GLENDALE (WITI) -- North Shore Fire/Rescue officials have announced the identity of the person killed in a house fire that occurred on Saturday, February 8th.

The fire broke out just before 10:00 p.m. at a home on Bridgewood Lane.

The victim in this case has been identified as 50-year-old Steven Kleiber.

Officials say an autopsy hasn't offered any additional information related to the case of the fire -- which will remain undetermined unless any new information is presented to investigators.

The damage estimate to the contents and structure is approximately $175,000.

A Glendale police officer on patrol noted the fire coming from a home in a cul-de-sac on Bridgewood Lane and responded to the scene. Additional crews were dispatched to the scene.

Heavy fire was noted in both the front and the rear of the home. Crews aggressively knocked the fire down from the exterior of the home until conditions improved and crews were able to get into the home.

“You could definitely see the flames shooting up through the roof. The fire trucks just kept pouring in to the point where they actually were blocking off Bender Road. It’s the first major thing we’ve had happen in the neighborhood for many, many years. To see that it was that bad a fire and on our block — that’s a little scary,” a witness told FOX6 News.

The fire was ultimately brought under control and extinguished.

Shortly after the arrival of fire crews, a large area of the roof collapsed. Additionally, fire damage on the first floor was so extensive that an area of the first floor burned through and collapsed into the basement.

The victim in this case was located on the first floor of the home — in the living room.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire crews say the origin of the fire appears to be a first floor living room.

Fire officials say the home had no smoke detectors.