MPD responds to house fire, relocates family

A local family has been relocated after their house caught fire Tuesday evening.

Lt. Chris Roush, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said the Marshalltown Fire Department responded to a call of a house fire at 2306 Dubois Circle at 5:30 p.m.

A mother and her five children, all under the age of 10, made it out of the home safely, Roush said.

Firefighters were on scene for roughly an hour and a half.

“Everybody did the right thing,” Roush said. “They got out.”

Roush said the family hurried out of the home, and the children did not even bother putting on their shoes, which he said was indicative of quick thinking on their part. A passerby let the family warm themselves in their car until first responders finished dealing with the fire.

First responders placed the family in the care of the local American Red Cross.

The Fire Marshal is investigating the fire’s source, but Roush said there did not appear to be anything immediately suspicious about the fire. He did not know where the fire originated.

An estimate of the damage was unavailable at press time.