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Fire destroys Gladbrook home, crews save 40 year old family farm

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Everyone is safe after a fire destroys a family's home in Gladbrook. Multiple fire crews responded, and were able to contain the fire saving the 40 year old family farm. 

When Gladbrook fire crews arrived, the house had already collapsed in the flames. 

Owner of the family farm, Dennis Gienger recalls the moment the fire department called him to tell him about the fire. 

"We were on our way to Cedar Rapids for Christmas with our son, he's a police officer over there," said Gienger. "And we just arrived at his house, and we got a call that my sons house was on fire."

Gienger's son Jason lived in the home with his wife and their 7-month-old son. They were all out of the house when the fire broke out. 

Lincoln, Traer, and Garwin all assisted Gladbrook fire. Despite the house being a total loss, crews were able to contain the fire before it could spread into the farm.

"We could only get into the one drive, because the wind was blocking the other driveway with smoke coming across there fueling the flames," said Gladbrook Fire Chief Matt Koester .

The fire posed a tough challenge, as crews battled the fire and rough wind conditions. Eventually, crews saved the Gienger family farm. 

"There's a lot of money tied up in those machine sheds, and grain bins, and the hog buildings too," said homeowner Jason Gienger. "Fortunately the hogs are all safe, and we're going to get electricity back to them here real shortly. That would've been a much-much bigger loss if there were any issues with the hog buildings."

Machine shed full of fuel tanks with gas and diesel were untouched and all their gran bins are still in-tact. 

"Very fortunate that the wind was in the direction it was today," said Dennis Gienger. Any other direction, and we'd been in big trouble. And we had four fire departments to fight the blaze, and it's a tremendous thing of the small communities here in Iowa."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

The homeowners are staying with family in the meantime.

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