In Alton, fire officials working to find the cause of an early-morning fire.

The Alton Fire Department was called to a home on Lyford Street at approximately 8:30 this morning.

“Most of the fire was in the back of the home–near the lavatory where they wash clothes.”

According to officials the homeowner is out of town, and no one was inside the house at the time of the blaze.

However firefighters rescued several parrots and a caged chicken.