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Afternoon blaze forces three Jesup families out of homes


JESUP (KWWL) - Firefighters from at least four communities are working to put out a major blaze at a mobile home park in Jesup.

The fire started around noon Friday.  One neighbor said she heard a popping sound, and minutes later saw 29-year-old Scott Rasmussen's home enveloped in flames.  The fire spread to the homes on either side of Rasmussen's. 

Rasmussen's mother told KWWL her son works out of town, and wasn't home when the fire started.  Neighbors reported one of the other homeowners was gone, the other made it out before the fire spread.  Firefighters do not know of any injuries.

Crews faced more than just flames at the scene.  Strong winds made it difficult to contain the fire, and at one point firefighters were unable to shut off a gas line near Rasmussen's home.  Witnesses said the smoke could be seen as far away as Independence.

Jesup, Independence, Dunkerton, and La Porte City are just four of the responding teams KWWL saw at the scene. 

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy


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