Firefighters from area communities responded last Wednesday evening to a possible house fire southwest of Canby.
The call came in at 10:11 p.m. and the home, the residence of the Trent Raasch family, was completely destroyed. No one was home at the time of the fire.
"Upon arrival, the house was totally engulfed," Fontanelle Fire Chief Denny Sickles said. "As far as knowing what happened, we really don't know yet. The house was totally burnt down."
Firefighters from Greenfield, Bridgewater and Adair provided mutual aid at the scene.
According to Lisa Carstens, who put a call out for donations via social media through the Nodaway Valley Booster Club's Facebook page, kitchenware and other housewares are the biggest material needs the family has at this time. Donations can still be taken to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church parish hall in Fontanelle.
An account has been set up at Union State Bank in Greenfield for monetary donations to the Raasch Family Benefit.
"Trent and Terri have been tireless supporters of the Nodaway Valley Booster Clubs," Carstens posted. "Terri has been a leader and co-chair with the middle school Boosters. Without her time, energy and talents, the middle school Boosters would not be making the impact they do today. Please keep this family in your prayers."