HARDY — An early morning house fire here Saturday destroyed a family's residence.
Kelly Eitzmann, assistant chief of the Hardy volunteer fire department, said the John Overton family was at home when the fire broke out in the single-story frame dwelling on Levitt Street in the southwest corner of town. Family members evacuated the house and reported the fire to authorities about 3:30 a.m.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the blaze already well under way. Superior firefighters provided mutual aid.
"By the time we got there, the house was fully engulfed in smoke and flames were coming out of the south side of the house," Eitzmann said. "It was pretty much gone by the time we got there."
The Overton family includes a husband and wife and daughter. Additionally, a nephew and friend had been staying at the house. One woman was treated for breathing issues following the fire, but that was the only reported injury or health problem to be associated with the incident, Eitzmann said.
The American Red Cross was contacted and was working with the Overton family Saturday morning, Eitzmann said. In the meantime, the family had taken shelter with relatives in Hardy.