An early morning fire completely destroyed a building on Ottumwa??s East end Thursday.
Witnesses say that fire fighters responded to the 1600 block of East Main around 2 a.m.
There they found the abandoned home completely engulfed in flames.
Fire fighters battled the blaze for several hours, but managed to control the fire enough to protect two nearby structures.
The home had been placarded by the city after a previous fire.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.