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Man in right place, right time when fire sparked in Waverly building

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An eastern Iowa man was in the right place at the right time when he saw a fire spark before it burned through a Waverly building for the second time.

We told you about the fire at Classic Cleaners in Waverly in December. A separate part of the building nearly caught fire again last week. Flames sparked in a dryer at Laundry Depot, the business next door.

The owner of the building, Sherri Dralle, says she was driving by when she saw fire crews outside her building for the second time in three months. Dralle says she's thankful someone found the fire before it was too late, thankfully Bryce Moats was in the laundromat.

"I just stopped by to throw a dress shirt in the dryer and it just kind of smelled like smoke so I started looking around and just saw that the dryer was really starting to smoke up," said Moats, Waverly.

It's Moat's quick action that Dralle is so grateful for.

"I knew something was wrong so I ran my dog back down the street and came back and just looked at it a little closer and I opened up the dryer and smoke just kind of flowed out," said Moats.

Moats was able to run down 1st Street to the fire station to grab help. Minutes later, crews were able to remove the smoldering items from the dryer.

"It just looked like it was pretty hot and a lot of smoke coming out of it," said Moats.

Moats is happy he was able to help prevent something devastating from happening again.

"I am just glad that I was in the right place at the right time," said Moats. "I think it's kind of a blessing to help a local shop and somebody who already suffered a lot and a lot of loss with the cleaners over there, so I am glad I was at the right place at the right time."

Dralle says the damage was minor. So much so, the laundromat is back open. As for Classic Cleaners, they are still closed. There is no word on if they will rebuild.

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