Just after 2:00 am today, Saturday, February 15th, Riley FD responded to a report of a residence fire on Red Bud Lane in Timberlake’s Subdivision near State Road 46 & Lama Street North of Riley.
The house belonged to Matthew and Megan Higginbotham had been away for several hours and they returned home to find it filled with smoke.
Firefighters found the fire had started in the first floor but had spread to the homes 2nd floor and attic space and appeared to have been burning for some time.
Firefighters were hampered by -6 degree temperatures which created water supply problems with frozen equipment.
The home was under construction at the time of the fire which contributed to the quick spread of the fire throughout the home.
The home was considered a total loss.
The Higginbotham family was provided shelter by the American Red Cross and the home was insured.
Due to the extensive damage a cause of the fire will be likely remain undetermined.