The home of Chris Zidlicky, 1410 East St., Ridgeway, was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

The fire was reported by a neighbor and a passing deputy at about 7:30 p.m. Zidlicky was not at home at the time.

According to Ridgeway Fire Chief Mark Carolan, the attached garage was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Decorah Firefighters assisted.

The fire spread to the attic of the house and there was smoke damage to the entire house. Firefighters were at the scene for less than two hours.

Although the cause of the fire is not yet known, it definitely started in the garage, Carolan said.

A team of Red Cross volunteers is coordinating assistance for the homeowner in the form of food, shelter, clothing and emotional support following the fire.

In the American Red Cross of the Tri-States annually on average, more than 35 families receive assistance after a disaster threatens to destroy their lives. During the first quarter of this fiscal year, the Tri-States has already assisted 7 families after a disaster.

The biggest disaster threat to American families isn't floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it's fire. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires.

"Home fires are a common and deadly threat because they happen so quickly," said Gaby White, Chapter Executive Director. "We urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home."