The Tache Fire Department was called to a housefire on the north end of Landmark's Main Street Tuesday afternoon.  

Fire Chief Allan Rau says the call came in around 3 PM. 

“We responded and we did note that there was a fire on the main floor.” He notes “Originally there were flames coming out one window and there was a lot of smoke. We believe that that fire was smoldering for quite some time inside the home before it burst one of the windows and then the actual smoke was coming outside of the home and also flames. We made entry into the house and extinguished the fire.” 

Fortunately, Rau says both of the two residents were at work at the time of the fire so neither were injured.  

Though they were able to extinguish the fire, Rau notes “It was a very old farm home, so I would suspect that it would be a total loss, primarily due to the severe smoke damage throughout the home.” 

An official cause has not yet been determined, and Rau says their investigation is ongoing. 

A small, yellowish house with obvious smoke damage around the blown-out windowsPhoto submitted to SteinbachOnline

John Price says his sister lived in the house with her husband. 

“In the fire, she lost her three beloved cats, they didn't survive. They both were working and came home to find the house completely damaged. There's nothing salvageable whatsoever.” 

Unfortunately, Price says the couple did not have renter’s insurance, so they lost everything. 

“A friend of theirs started a GoFundMe page for them because they have to literally start from scratch.” 

In the meantime, Price says they are staying with family.