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Middle Amana couple loses home, pets in fire

MIDDLE AMANA (KWWL)-- Crews remained on the scene hours after a fire cost a Middle Amana couple their home, but things could have been even worse, if it wasn't for a neighbor that noticed black smoke pouring from the garage.

Linda McDowell was on her way home when she saw the smoke.

"At first I ran up and beat on the front door so he knew what was going on," McDowell said.

She alerted David Ramsey his garage was on fire without a moment to spare.

"Just as I was leaving the garage, some kind of explosion went off and knocked me down," Ramsey said.

In a matter of minutes, fire had completely engulfed the home.  Ramsey was unable to rescue his dog and  pet bird that were inside.

Officials say Ramsey was lucky to get out with only minor injuries.

"If he was sleeping or anything he could have been put out by the smoke and the heat and it definitely could have been a fatal situation," said Amana assistant fire chief Chris Herr

Meanwhile, David's wife Karen returned home to a horrific sight.

"I saw this black smoke coming all the way over from Amana here and I thought someone was burning tires, and here it was my home," Karen said.

The Ramsey's are thankful nobody was seriously hurt in the fire, as they try to figure out where to go from here.

"We put a lot into that home. We kept it spotless and just bought new furniture, and now it's all gone," David said.

The house is believed to be a total loss and the cause of the fire still remains under investigation.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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