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UPDATE: Cause of Dubuque fire likely electrical, up to $30,000 in damage

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Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines said the likely cause of the fire on Rhomberg Avenue this morning was electrical.

He said they're still investigating, but for now have shut off the electricity to the house.

Three people were inside at the time, and all made it out safely. Steines said they'll be out of the house at least for tonight.

The fire caused "extensive damage" to the front porch and walls of the second floor, Steines said.  He estimates it caused $20,000-$30,000 in damage.

An electrical inspection will have to be done before the occupants can move back in.



Dubuque's Fire Chief says crews are tearing down second floor walls of a Dubuque home to get to the fire in the attic porch.

Rick Steines says they believe the fire started there just after 6:30 this morning.  Crews arrived just a couple of minutes after the call was made.

He says someone inside made the call, saying they saw smoke on the second floor.

He doesn't know how many, but Steines said everyone inside the home got out safely, and no injuries have been reported.

They don't know the cause of the fire.

The Farley Fire Department also assisted with the fire.


Firefighters are battling a house fire in Dubuque this morning.

Flames could be seen from a second story window along the 1000 block of Rhomberg Avenue.

KWWL has a crew on the scene and will post information as it becomes available.

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