Nov 7, 2011 5:18 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)
A Helena family is homeless after fire ravaged their home on Monday morning, but all members of the home were able to escape without serious injuries.
Helena firefighters were called to the home of Mike and Carlyn Lewis on the 2600 block of Hauser Street at around 9:00 a.m.
When they arrived, the home appeared to be fully engulfed in smoke and flames.
Mike Lewis was taken to St. Peter's Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation.
His wife Carlyn, her five year old son Ryley, and her mother Rita Cooper managed to get out of the home safely.
Also rescued were two geckos and the family dog.
Two other children, ages 14 and 11 were in school at the time.
The Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire, but according to what the witnesses told authorities, it appeared to have started after hearing a popping noise coming from the wood stove.
The Lewis' have lived in the home for 10 years, and do have insurance.
The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assist the family with temporary shelter.
Firefighters managed to contain the fire within the structure, however, due to high winds, smoke blanketed much of the neighborhood behind Kessler school.