Kanawha family loses home in fire

Photo by Curran McLaughlin

            KANAWHA - A Kanawha family has lost their home located at 1955 110th Street from fire on Wednesday.

            Shortly after 2 p.m. the call was made from employees at a hog farm, east of the home.

            Nobody was in the home during the fire.

            The fire is believed to have started on the west side of the house in a single story addition.

            Over half of the roof had been exposed from flame by the time first responders made it to the scene.

            The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

            Fire fighters from Kanawha, Belmond, Clarion, Goodell and Renwick appeared on scene.

            “We’re grateful for neighboring towns mutual aide,” Kanawha volunteer fire fighter Randy Yeakel said.

            The responders stayed on scene till 6 p.m.

            The property belongs to Adam and Katelyn Hartland, who have four children.

            They are currently staying with Adam’s parents in Britt and will be moving into a temporary home belonging to a friend north of the house.  

            “Never imagined this,” Adam said. “Where do you start?”

            The house has been deemed a complete loss.

            Hartland said it will be difficult to explain what has happened to his children.

            The community has rallied around to help support the family.

            A donation box can be found at First Citizens Bank in Kanawha.

            A GoFundMe campaign has also been started for the family with a goal of $5000.

            As of Friday it sits at just over $2,500.

            “People have been very supportive and very positive on things,” Hartman said.

            Those interested in donating to the fundraiser can visit gofundme.com and type in “Adam & Katelyn Hartman House Fire” in the search bar at the top of the page.