ANSON — The cause of a fire that destroyed a River Road home Tuesday is unknown as an investigation continued into the evening.

Stacey Beane, chief of the Anson Fire Department, said in a phone call that nobody was home when the fire was reported. The home had been occupied by a family of five, including three children, two adults, two dogs and two cats.

Beane said she believed the family had been renting the home and did not think the family had insurance.

All pets made it out of the fire, and Beane added that one of them had to be revived by first responders at the scene. No injuries were reported.

“It’s a total loss,” Beane said. “I believe the fire originated in the kitchen area.”

Crews responded to 286 River Road at 2:16 p.m. Assisting at the scene were Starks and Solon fire departments as well as A&M Ambulance Service. Crews left the scene around 4:30 p.m.

The Office of State Fire Marshal was at the scene Tuesday evening, Beane said. The cause has not been determined at this time, and the American Red Cross had been notified.

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