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Pets die in North English fire

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Four fire departments fought a fire for nearly six hours in North English on Sunday night.

No one was hurt in the fire, but a couple of dogs and a cat were killed inside.

"I was brushing my teeth after eating dinner and heard sirens, I looked out the window and didn't see anything but I wasn't looking on Main Street, wasn't expecting it here," says Ken Brown, a neighbor.

We are told the building used to be the town's post office, but had since been turned into apartments.

The people who lived inside were in the process of moving out and were not home at the time of the fire, their pets, were killed.

"We couldn't save them it was just too far gone, like I said when I got here it was coming out that front door really, really rolling really fast," says Dan Strohman, a North English Firefighter.

Thanks to multiple fire departments coming together the fire was contained to the building, the pharmacy next door receiving just minor smoke damage.

"It would have been very easy for it to spread to the buildings and burn this whole side of Main Street," says Brown.

"It's a big deal on the old main streets of Iowa especially where there's no fire wall, every walls connected to the next one," Strohman told us.

Neighbors say they are thankful no one was hurt.

"The loss of life is always tragic you never know when something is going to burn and people put at risk," said Brown.

The State Fire Marshal is expected to be on scene Tuesday to investigate the cause of the fire.

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