MECKLING — No injuries were reported in a rural Meckling fire Wednesday morning that destroyed a residence.
A structure fire at the home of Doug Hanson, a member of the Yankton Police Department, was reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 9:03 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Vermillion Fire Department responded to the incident one mile west of Meckling and requested mutual aid from the Gayville and Volin fire departments.
The house was fully engulfed in flames when units arrived. The occupants were safely out of the house. Efforts were made to safeguard nearby propane tanks and vehicles.
In addition to their home, the Hanson family lost all their possessions, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. Some family members fled the residence only partially clothed when the fire was discovered.
The temperature was approximately 0 degrees at the time of the call, with wind chills of at least minus-25 degrees.
The Red Cross was notified, and efforts are being made to provide assistance to the displaced family. Friends are also helping with clothing and shelter.
The Yankton Police Department is accepting cash or gift card donations on behalf of the family until a benefit fund can be set up with a local bank.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.