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Family survives Tama Co. fire: "We lost everything we own"

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TAMA COUNTY (KWWL) - Strong winds helped hinder firefighting operations at a house fire near Toledo.

The fire started around 9 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of 305th Street in Tama County.
Six people including two children live in the home. 

Only one person was home when the fire started and was not hurt. 

Two dogs died in the fire. 

"It's devastating. Everybody in my family -- we've lost everything we own. I mean everything," said Chris Haller.

Haller lived in the home with his wife, two young children, mother-in-law and father-in-law.

At this point, firefighters don't know what caused the fire, but Toledo Fire Chief Joe Boll told KWWL he believes it may have started in a porch area. 

More than 25 firefighters were on the scene Saturday from at least three different fire departments.

They attribute strong winds to hampering efforts in containing the fire quickly.

 KWWL's Jacqueline Jordan and Bob Waters contributed to this report.
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