Just after 9:00 a.m., Wellington Fire, assisted by units from Belle Plaine, Oxford, and Mayfield, responded to a residential structure fire at 2023 E. 7th in Wellington. Upon arrival, units found the two story wood frame house with heavy smoke showing and flames showing from the back side. Firefighters entered the house to extinguish fire in a second floor bedroom. A search of the second floor determined no occupants remained on the second floor. The ceiling and wall covering in the bedroom were removed to extinguish the fire. The fire started beside the wood burning stove flue and moved upward toward the second story. The house is un-inhabitable at this time and Red Cross was called to assist the occupants. There was a delay in calling 911 as the occupants tried to extinguish the fire on their own.