Shortly before 2:30 this afternoon a passerby noticed smoke coming from the home in the 4400 block of Van Buren Street.
A neighbor called 9-1-1.
Firefighters say heavy smoke and fire were visible when they arrived at the two-story home.
The family that lived there wasn't home at the time.
But a dog was rescued from the house.
So far, the cause of the fire isn't known.