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Seven Fire Departments take on a Fire in Eastern Iowa

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An Eastern Iowa family has to live in a camper for a while, the family home is destroyed in a fire. It happened in Fort Atkinson along Main Street.

Seven fire departments battling the blaze, flames and lots of smoke engulfing the house. Crews on the scene say the fire was caused by a clothes dryer.

The home is a total loss, but the first chief says he is grateful so many neighboring communities came to help. 

The smell of smoke is still in the air on Thursday after it took over 5 hours on Wednesday afternoon to put out this house fire, everyone was able to get out safely. 

But when the fire chief and his crew arrived, they knew it was too much for them to handle. Smoke and flames took over the entire home. 

"We realized it was going to be a challenge more than we would be able to handle by ourselves so we called for mutual aid," said Fort Atkinson fire chief Ronald Franzen. 

Chief Franzen also says there were close to 40 fire fighters on the scene, a combination of volunteers from around the area. Franzen says he's pleased with the team work and is proud to be from a small town.

"Small town U.S.A., and this is where people are blessed," said Franzen.

Blessed, like the family that lived in this home.  

Today you can see their belongings scattered in the rubble, but the good news though, everyone made it out safe. 

"That's why it is very important that we are able to call the neighboring department and they will come with their equipment and guys and to help us and everyone pitches in and works together," said Franzen.

The sister of the home owner says the family is staying in the camper for the time being. It is unclear if the family will rebuild or relocate.

Fire crews say although the family is safe tonight, the family dog did die in the fire. 

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