BALLINGER - A Ballinger family escaped unharmed from a fire that completely burned their home on 7th Street Tuesday, March 13, according Lt. Robert Langston of the Ballinger Fire Department.

BALLINGER - A Ballinger family escaped unharmed from a fire that completely burned their home on 7th Street Tuesday, March 13, according Lt. Robert Langston of the Ballinger Fire Department.

The call came in at 12:20 p.m. for the fire that was at the home located at 1308 7th St.

Ballinger Police Chief Stan Maresch said the babysitter who was at the home with one of the children, said she heard “a pop,” and noticed the “back of the house was on fire.” The fire apparently started in the laundry room of the home.

Those who were there escaped without injury.

Langston said at the time firefighters arrived the “fire had fully vented and there was a partial collapse of a wall as well as the roof shortly afterwards.”

Langston said the damage to the home was substantial and called it a “total loss.”

The cause of the fire is undetermined as of today, but the investigation continues.

The owner of the home Misti King and her boyfriend Eric Pena had just finished paying off the house, but due to roof repairs, half of which were complete, the home was not insured. The family returned to the home and salvaged some important papers, but everything else burned. The family's dogs got out, but one cat did not escape.

The family is staying with relatives.

Three units responded to the fire including the ladder truck. Other agencies that responded to the fire included the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office and the Ballinger Memorial Hospital EMT’s.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family recover from the loss of all of their belongings. The link to the GoFundMe account is https://www.gofundme.com/dq2ns-starting-over-after-house-fi…