EAST PEORIA — A house near East Peoria Community High School sustained significant damage from a fire early Monday. But that appeared to be the only damage.

"Everybody made it out OK," said Jennifer Zavala, one of the residents of the house at 125 Putnam St.

The blaze began sometime before 6 a.m., according to Zavala and the East Peoria Fire Department. Nothing appeared amiss when Zavala and the three other occupants went to bed the previous night.

About 5:30 a.m., Zavala's nephew and others smelled smoke.

"They got up to see if someone was cooking or something was burning," Zavala said outside the house as she telephoned relatives. "They didn't see anything. They laid back down for a couple of seconds and still smelled it.

"I came up and looked at the back bedroom, and it was engulfed in flames."

Heavy smoke was emanating from the front door when firefighters arrived, according to Brett Brown, a department lieutenant.

Brown wouldn't speculate about a cause, nor about a damage estimate. An investigator was to arrive at the house sometime after 7 a.m.

"The bedroom took a lot of heat," Brown said. "Everything's pretty much charred."

The house is located less than one block south of the high school, which was closed Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. Reports suggested part of Washington Street near Putnam Street was blocked temporarily because of the fire.