MORTON — A fire Sunday afternoon heavily damaged a house in Morton and left all seven residents homeless.

The fire was reported at 4:25 p.m. in the 300 block of Walnut Drive North.

According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the caller reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the basement of the house.

When fire crews arrived on scene they found an active fire in the basement ceiling. The fire caused significant damage to the basement as well as the rest of the house due to the amount of smoke.

All seven residents were able to safely get outside but the home was too heavily damaged for them to stay there. The American Red Cross assisted with the occupants with housing.

The Morton Fire Department, Morton MRU, Franklin Fire Department and Franklin Ambulance responded to the scene.