GRAND MOUND, Iowa — A Grand Mound , family was assisted by the American Red Cross early Monday after a fire destroyed their home.

Grand Mound Fire Chief Kent Brix said the fire started about 6:30 a.m. in the 1½-story house on 260th Avenue. Firefighters arrived to see flames shooting from the roof after Steve and Ellen Waldorf and their son, Ryan, called for emergency responders then escaped safely,

The origin of the fire appears to be a garage area, Brix said, but the blaze remains under investigation. The house, which is about 17 years old, was a total loss. The family was insured, he said.

In addition to Grand Mound, crews from DeWitt and Welton, Iowa, responded to the scene.

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Three Red Cross volunteers also went to the scene, said Kara Kelly, regional communications officer for the Iowa region of the American Red Cross. The volunteers assisted the family of three adults with immediate needs and also served breakfast and hot drinks to first responders at the scene.

— Linda Cook

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