MASON CITY — A Mason City home was damaged by fire early Wednesday.
Firefighters battled the fire in the two-story house at 1502 S. Delaware Ave. owned by Elmer Arthur, according to a report from the Mason City Fire Department.
A witness at the scene said an elderly resident was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa for possible smoke inhalation.
A Fire Department spokesman said Arthur and his adult son, who also lives at the residence, were both home when the fire broke out shortly before midnight but would not say who was transported.
Police were at the residence before firefighters arrived.
While they were on their way to the scene, firefighters were informed by dispatch that one resident was out of the house and police were getting the other resident out, the Fire Department report stated.
A police officer told firefighters the fire was in a chair and he had put it out.
When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming out the open front door, according to the report.
Firefighters found the fire in the basement next to the furnace and extinguished it.
Firefighters removed much of the subfloor on the first floor due to extensive fire damage, the report stated.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
More information was not available.