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Family and friends remember mom lost in fire


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A mother is killed trying to rescue her son from a Waterloo house fire. Firefighters were first called to the 700 block of Vinton Street around 9:30 Friday morning. The house was engulfed in flames when they arrived and smoke was seen for miles in the skies over Waterloo.

Friends of the family say it was a passer-by who called 911 and helped the teenage son to safety, but when the good samaritan went back to help the mother, it was too late.

As the fire engulfed the home, family and friends of the woman inside were frantic, worrying the blaze had taken her life.

By the afternoon, authorities confirmed that Sandy Rasmussen didn't make it out.

Sarah Rynearson was very close to Rasmussen and her family. She says Rasmussen was a proud parent of seven kids and was always there when you needed her.

"Sandy was one of those people, if you were down she'd brighten your day every day. I've known her for 15 years," said Rynearson.

News of the fire spread quickly to friends and family.

"Her husband called me and asked me if she was with me and I told him no. He said his house was on fire. I live over by Allen Hospital and it took me three minutes to get there," said Rynearson.

The loss of Rasmussen was evident as family and friends hugged and comforted one another.

"This is too much to handle at times, watching the whole family go through this. Their kids and my kids played together. We were like a big family," said Rynearson.

The Rasmussen family is being helped by the Red Cross.

Friends and family of Sandy Rasmussen will gather at The 13th Step on Sycamore Street in Waterloo for a candle light vigil, Friday night at 7:00. The group will then drive to the Rasmussen's home on Vinton Street.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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