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Waterloo Fire Department battles string of blazes

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- One eastern Iowa fire department has had it's hands full recently and Wednesday was no exception. Just before 2:00 this morning crews were called to a home on Adams street in Waterloo.

One side of the home was engulfed when they arrived, luckily the two men inside escaped without injury.

Investigators haven't determined a cause but say the fire started near the fire place downstairs. The fire spread through a majority of the house and they believe the home is a total loss. 

Officials with the Waterloo Fire Department say although a fire is a tragic event, something can be learned from it.

"So if there is an positive to this is that it has brought awareness to the community that people need to be observant and take personal responsibility in every family and every home making their home fire safe," said Community Services Coordinator with the department, Shane Schellhorn.

Fire officials say none of these fires appear to be related, instead just a string of bad luck.

With colder temperatures on the way, fire officials also say people should take those extra precautions to make sure their furnace or fire place are prepared for the winter ahead.

The Waterloo Fire Department is taking part in the State Fire Marshall's campaign to make sure every home has at least two smoke detectors. If you can not afford a smoke detector you can sign up for assistance at the Waterloo Fire Station on Franklin Street.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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