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Confidential DHS records may have been exposed after fire

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

About 3,000 people in Warren County have been notified there is a slight chance confidential DHS records were exposed. 

The alert comes from the Department of Human Services after a fire in December, and a waste-handling error two months later.

The fire happened at the DHS office in Indianola, December 4th, 2011.  The department says some documents were beyond repair and moved to a secure facility.

In early February, a county maintenance worker mistakenly moved a container full of damaged documents from the secure location back to the destroyed building.  The mistake was not discovered until March 14 when the department received a call from a person who said DHS papers had blown into her yard.

The Department of Human Services says none of the misplaced documents contained bank or credit card information.

The Warren County residents have been given instructions on what to do if they thought their identities had been compromised, and DHS will pay for a year's enrollment in a credit monitoring program for anyone who requests it.

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