Early morning truck and house fires keep Hamilton firefighters busy

The Hamilton Fire Department had a busy morning Friday with a vehicle fire and a house fire all before 4 a.m.

At 12:27 a.m. firefighters responded to a truck fire at 811 Main Street.

According to Hamilton Fire Chief Steve Helenthal, the full size pickup owned by Lee Mills was fully engulfed when crews arrived, but they were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

At 3:58 a.m. firefighters were called back out, but this time to 1431 Oak Street.

Chief Helenthal reported that a back bedroom was fully engulfed and firefighters entered through the front door where they were able to get the fire under control quickly.

According the the fire chief's report, the house is owned by Bill Taylor of Hamilton and the residents are Sharlyne Rael and her three minor children.

Fortunately Chief Helenthal said there were no injuries - although the family suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated by the Hancock County Ambulance.

The house had heavy smoke and fire damage and The Red Cross has been contacted to help with assistance.

The causes of both fires are undetermined at this time and the house fire is under investigation according to Chief Helenthal.