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Afternoon blaze destroys home, kills dog

A fire in rural Wapello County destroyed a home and killed a family pet Wednesday afternoon. /Beth Waldon KTVO

A fire in rural Wapello County destroyed a home and killed a family pet Wednesday afternoon.

Wapello County firefighters were called to 5531 Point Isabelle Road just after 2 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, they found a garage completely engulfed in flames. The fire spread quickly, destroying the house on the property.

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller told KTVO at the scene that there were firearms and ammunition inside.


Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond said everyone living at the home is OK but that firefighters couldn't rescue a dog trapped in the house.

Two firefighters were treated for minor burns.

Right now, the cause is still under investigation. Richmond said the report was originally called in as a grass fire, which spread to the structure. What's not clear is the cause of the grass fire.

The American Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay.

Fire departments from across the county assisted in fighting the fire.


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