Members of a Charles City family escaped injury when their home caught fire in the early morning hours on Sunday.
Two adults were home at the time and they evacuated safely after being awakened by smoke detectors, said Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple.
The Charles City Fire Department was dispatched at 1:35 a.m. Sunday and firefighters remained on scene until about 5:30 a.m.
Approximately 40 firefighters were at the fire as Charles City was assisted by fire departments from Floyd, Colwell, Nashua, Ionia, Rudd and Marble Rock Fire Departments, as well as AMR Ambulance, the Charles City Police Department, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Search and Rescue, MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, and the the Floyd County 911 Communications Center.
The cause remains under investigation by the Charles City Fire Department, but is not considered to be suspicious in nature. The home is likely a total loss with extensive fire, smoke and water damage throughout.
No fire or other responding personnel were injured.
Firefighters did save the family’s pets.
“There were two cats and a couple of other pets that were rescued safely by firefighters,” Whipple said. “To our knowledge, they are doing well.”
Firefighters had to return to the scene four times as of about noon Monday, he said, because of hot spots surfacing in the wreckage.
“We continued overhaul and extinguishment of hot spots at various times through the day and night Sunday into Monday, working on the scene for an additional combined total of approximately 7 hours,” Whipple said.
The split level home at 2988 Cottonwood Place was first built in 1999. Allandis and Kayla Russ purchased the home in April from Brad and Heidi Cole.
Donations to assist the family can be made to a fund set up at First Citizens Bank in Charles City, KCHA News reports. Read KCHA radio’s news report of the fire be clicking here.