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UPDATE: Firefighters rescue pet turtle from burning Iowa house

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Firefighters are inspecting a home that was destroyed in an early morning fire.

Owner Cowanda Pettiet said, "The whole house is gone. The kitchen, the table, the chairs, Christmas trees; everything is gone." 

Firefighters battled a fire on one of the coldest mornings of the year. 

Pettiest said, "It just sucks. It's so cold, and it's 3 in the morning. The house starts on fire. I don't know what to say right now, but I'm freezing." 

The family stayed in their neighbor's house to keep warm. 

Seven people and five pets were in the house when the fire started. They all got out safely. One teen burned his left arm, but he is OK. 

The family's pet turtle, named Mr. Turtle, was rescued by firefighters. 

The family says when they got him back, the turtle was covered in smoke, but he made it out alright. The turtle's been in the family for five years. 

If you would like to help out this family or donate, contact KWWL's Amanda Gilbert at agilbert@kwwl.com. .


Amanda Gilbert updated 

UPDATE: A family is out of their home this morning following a fire.

The house is on Beverly Drive in Black Hawk County. 

Firefighters responded shortly after 2:45 a.m. Crews from Gilbertville, Raymond, and Evansdale responded.

The Gilbertville Fire Chief tells us the fire started in the kitchen. The family says they tried to put out the fire, but it continued to spread. One teen says he has some minor burns on his arm. 

Firefighters say the house was destroyed in the fire.

The 7 people inside the home at the time of the fire all got out safely, along with their 4 pet dogs. Firefighters rescued a pet turtle from the home.

The family is now staying warm inside their neighbor's house. The Red Cross arrived this morning to help out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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