A faulty dehumidifier was blamed for a house fire this morning in Cheektowaga.

The fire at 10 Collette Ave. was reported at 9:47 a.m. According to Todd Roland, chief of the South Line Fire Co., a woman, her young son and a dog safely fled the structure.

Roland said damage was contained to the basement, where the dehumidifier was located. Damage was estimated at approximately $15,000 to $20,000.