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UPDATE: Second fire in a year destroys home.

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UPDATE:  A Waterloo home caught fire for the second time in a year, injuring two firefighters and causing a lot of damage.  The home in the 600 block of 2nd Street caught fire just before 5 p.m. Friday.

It first caught fire last October and a man was found several blocks away with burns.  Nine months later, the Waterloo Fire Department responding to another fire at the house.

Both fires started in the back apartment of the house.  When crews arrived on scene Friday, flames were reaching out of the back window, sparks were flying, and smoke could be seen from miles. 

This time, the fire jumped to the home next door but, luckily, crews were able to put it out quickly.  Ruby Searcy has lived in the neighboring home during both fires.

"It is nerve-racking; it is nerve racking to me. I can't wait to get my section eight, so I can get the h*** out of here. I gonna tell no lie," said Searcy.

The fire department says utilities were still turned on, but it is unclear if anyone was living in the multiple apartments within the home.  Searcy says it has been vacant since the October fire.

"Ain't nobody living in there, not that I know of. But the door on the other side, it was kicked in, and then the landowner came out and closed it up. Now it is open again. I think somebody who doesn't have a home is living up in there," said Searcy.

The fire destroyed the home. Firefighters worked for several hours to extinguish the flames, breaking windows and using an aerial ladder to get on the roof and cut holes for ventilation.

The Waterloo Fire Department had seventeen firefighters on scene, two of whom were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

The fire in October was not set intentionally, and the fire marshall is investigating the cause of this fire.


Waterloo fire crews are on scene of a fire at 2nd and South Street. 

This is the second time in a year 623 2nd St. has caught fire. The last fire caused significant damage in the same place. 

Neighbors say the house has been abandoned since a fire last year. One neighbor said she noticed the door kicked in and homeless people living there from time to time. 

Fire crews are still working to put out the fire on both floors of the house. There are no reported injuries. 

This is a developing story, stay with KWWL as we gather more information.

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