New Year’s Day started with a Leadington family losing everything when their home caught fire in the early morning hours.

Firefighters responded to a call at 5:36 a.m. Monday reporting a house fire at 515 Union Street in Leadington.

Leadington Fire Chief Doug Graham said that the family was home at the time but that no injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene until roughly 9 a.m. and Big River, Bonne Terre and Park Hills Fire Departments assisted.

According to the Leadington Police Department, the home and all of the families belongings were destroyed due to the fire and smoke.

With temperatures dropping as low as -6 degrees in some areas, firefighters had added difficulties including water freezing on the scene, trucks freezing up and being out in the frigid temperature for long periods of time.

Graham said that he is not certain of the exact cause of the fire but urges all citizens to use caution when using space heaters.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

The Leadington Police Department is searching for donations to help the family. According to their Facebook page, the family, consisting of mom, dad, a 14-year old-girl, 12-year-old boy and two twin boys, is in need of clothing and bedding.

Please contact the Leadington Police Department by calling Central Dispatch at 573-431-3131 if you are able to help.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at