Personnel from the Vermillion Fire EMS Department, with the assistance of several other area fire departments, were able to keep a Monday, Jan. 2 fire that began in a Vermillion home’s garage from spreading to the house.

According to press release from Vermillion Fire Chief Matthew Callahan, fire units were dispatched at 2:30 p.m. Monday to the home of Chase and Laura Anderton at 1709 Baylor St. in Vermillion and discovered smoke coming from the two-story house’s attached garage. All occupants of the home had evacuated and the Vermillion Fire EMS Department requested mutual aid from neighboring fire districts.

Personnel quickly attacked the heavy fire coming from within the garage and were able extinguish the flames before they reached the home, the press release states. The garage and two vehicles inside the garage were destroyed. The house sustained minor smoke and water damage.

No civilians or first responders were injured during the incident. The Red Cross was contacted to aid the family. Total time on scene was approximately two hours.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

First responders that helped the Vermillion Fire EMS Department battle the blaze, control traffic and assist in other ways included the fire departments from Gayville, Yankton and Elk Point, the Vermillion Police Department, the Vermillion Light and Power Department, the Vermillion Water Department and Redi Towing.

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