Hannibal firefighters responded to a report of a residential fire at 1134 Ely Street early Monday morning. 

Fire investigators say that fire remains under investigation. Hannibal firefighters were called to the scene at 4:42 a-m. They arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the structure. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes of arrival. Members of the Hannibal Fire Department were on scene until 1:21 p-m to complete salvage… overhaul and investigation operations. Hannibal fire investigators say the house was occupied at the time but did not have functioning smoke detectors. An adult female and two small children escaped without injury. The house sustained heavy smoke damage throughout and fire damage to over half the structure. Investigators from the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Fire Marshal’s office are assisting in the investigation.

Crews arrived to find the porch of the home fully engulfed.

Assistant Fire Chief Charles Paxton reports there was significant heat and smoke damage to the home.

The fire started in the front part of the house but the cause was not immediately known.

The mother and two daughters who were home at the time of the fire did get out safely.

The investigation into the fire continues.