by Tammy Sakry
A Ramsey house fire has left a family homeless.
According to Ramsey Fire Inspector Matt Kohner, the fire at 16941 Yttrium Ave. started in a basement bedroom Feb. 20.
Shortly after midnight, smoke alarms in home went off and a 6-year-old girl told the adults in the home there was smoke in her room, he said.
By the time firefighters arrived the room was engulfed in flames and fire was coming out of the basement window and up the side of the house, Kohner said.
Unfortunately, the house was a total loss, he said.
At the time of the fire, there were four adults in the home, including a pair of visiting cousins, and five children.
While the family who rents the home is licensed to provide foster care, no foster children were home at the time of the fire, Kohner said.
The Red Cross is helping the family.
One person, the adult female occupant of the home, was taken to Mercy Hospital for smoke inhalation, Kohner said.
Fire crews were called to the house a second time when the fire rekindled around 6 a.m.
The cause of fire is still under investigation, Kohner said.
Tammy Sakry is at firstname.lastname@example.org