HOPE – A home at 442 Market St. in Hope was heavily damaged in a fire reported by a passerby.

Hope firefighters were assisted by several area volunteer fire departments when the fire was reported just before noon Tuesday about five blocks east of the Hope Town Square.

Hope Town Marshal Matt Tallent said heavy smoke was visible outside the one-story structure when firefighters arrived.

The female homeowner who lived at the home with two small children was outside when the fire was spotted by a passerby who alerted her to the smoke. No injuries were reported.

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Bartholomew County fire investigators were called in to determine a cause for the fire, which was believed to have started in the home’s master bedroom, Tallent said.

The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army were assisting the family at the scene.