Raging fire levels Heartland home

A Heartland family has lost everything in a house fire.

The blaze was discovered by a mail carrier around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.

It happened at the home of John and Tracy Bender on Daffodil Road northwest of Novinger.

Brad Ray with Novinger/Northern Fire Department told KTVO the home had basically burned to the ground by the time fire crews arrived on scene.

Ray said the burning rubble had already collapsed into the full basement.

The Benders and their children were not at home when the fire broke out.

Ray said there was likely too much damage to determine a cause, but state fire investigators were notified anyway.

Eastern Fire Department helped in fighting the fire.

The Red Cross has been called on to assist the family.