Three residents of the house suffered from smoke inhalation and one died from it. That was 47-year-old Brett Van Ersvelde. He and 44-year-old Julie McClain were trying to get their 17-year-old son from his bedroom when first responders arrived. McClain is hospitalized, as is the teen.
Two girls managed to escape with no injuries, though a Huxley police officer and Story County sheriff’s deputy were hurt. It is believed the fire started in the kitchen. The State Fire Marshal is investigating.