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A tragic jump in fatal fire deaths

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Fire has claimed the lives of another two Iowans.  Five total in a week's time.

A fire in Grand Mound Thursday, one in nearby Wheatland Tuesday, and the death of Sandi Rasmussen in Waterloo last Friday, makes five people killed by fire in under a week.

Firefighters in Grand Mount Thursday had trouble putting it out because they had to knock the metal shed down to get inside.  Officials found two people dead.

The Clinton County Sheriff says the deaths are considered suspicious.  The names of the two victims have yet to be released.  We're told the building was used for a business.

This makes four fire deaths in Clinton County this week alone.  Fire killed a mother and her young child Tuesday in Wheatland.

The State Department of Public Safety released 911 tapes from the man one of the victims called when trapped inside her house.  We played these as a reminder to always have an escape plan.

Taren Burris and her two-year-old son, Logan Taets, died from smoke inhalation inside.

911 tapes that we chose not to broadcast detailed how the 26-year-old mother of two was trapped in an upstairs bedroom - unable to escape.  This is a chilling reminder for all families to have a fire escape plan.

"Clearly smoke detectors are the number one thing that are gonna save your life in a fire, but you can't neglect the other things like having an escape plan and being able to get out of your house. One of the biggest things that we see is that people underestimate how quickly a fire will move. There is no time to stall. You've got to get out of your house right now when you know that there's something wrong," said Ray Reynolds, Iowa State Fire Marshal.

One positive note, the state fire marshal says smoke detectors have saved the lives of forty Iowans in fires already this year.

Tara Thomas:  Online reporter/News anchor
Click here to access the 911 tapes.  Be advised of the graphic nature because some of the calls were from the woman who died.

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