CHEYENNE – Cheyenne Fire Rescue responded to a single-family house fire before noon Sunday in the 200 block West 17th Street.

Four adults and one child were in the house when the fire started in the attic. All five people and their pets were able to exit the house unharmed, according to department spokesman Scott Smith.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 11:25 a.m. and were able to put the fire out by 11:41 a.m., according to a news release. The Cheyenne Police Department and American Medical Response also responded to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the amount of damage is unknown. The Red Cross was contacted and is currently providing assistance to the five people.

The Red Cross assistance covers temporary housing and other immediate needs, according to Senior Disaster Program Manager Cindi Shank.

“If it’s clothes or shoes, we give them what they need to get back on their feet,” Shank said.

The Red Cross also provides each person affected with a financial stipend. The people affected will be connected with a caseworker to assist them with finding services that can help with moving forward.

“We work as part of a network,” Shank said.

The Red Cross helps about 100 Wyoming families in these situations every year.

– Margaret Austin, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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