A fire damaged a house in the 1600 block of South Golden Circle in High Ridge on Tuesday, March 14. A family of three escaped the home unharmed, along with the family’s two cats, High Ridge Fire Protection District Chief John Barton said.

Barton said the district was dispatched to the fire at 2:44 a.m., and when the first truck arrived at 2:51 a.m., crews found smoke coming from the roofline. Then, as firefighters checked the outside of the home, they found fire coming through the roof in the back of the house and immediately began attacking the fire.

He said the family included two adults and one child, and they had gotten out of the house before firefighters arrived. The family members did not need assistance from the American Red Cross because they had another place to stay.

Barton said the home had moderate to major damage due to fire going through the roof.

He also said the fire is not considered suspicious, and a resident reported the house had some electrical issues shortly before the fire.

Barton said firefighters remained on the scene until 5 a.m. The Fenton Fire Protection District helped with the call, and the North Jefferson Ambulance District responded to the scene.