BLAKESBURG, Iowa — A Blakesburg couple escaped a house fire unharmed Friday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to a report of smoke and flames at 10346 240th Ave. near Blakesburg around 1:30 p.m.
Jerame Buck tells KTVO the house belonged to his mother, who died of cancer in September. He added that several of his mother's belongings were inside, and fears for what might be lost to the flames.
The blaze was under control within minutes. Most of the fire was contained to the attic. Firefighters climbed on top of the house to break through the roof, and put out any remaining hot spots.
Temperatures have dropped significantly within the last 48 hours. Firefighters, Buck, and several of Buck's friends braved the harsh wind chill Friday until the fire was put out.
Buck said he lived in his mother's house with his boyfriend, and their pets. He was walking the dogs when he smelled smoke.
"We were just getting our day started," Buck said.
Buck's dogs made it out OK. He said his cats hadn't been accounted for yet.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Buck suspects an electrical failure. When asked if his mother's home is salvageable, Buck said he hopes so.
"This is all I have," he said.
The Wapello County Rural Fire Department, Blakesburg Fire Department, and the Wapello County Sheriff's Office assisted with Friday's fire.