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Fire destroys historic home in Coralville

CORALVILLE (KWWL) - Fire has destroyed one of the oldest homes in Johnson County.
It happened on 5th street Tuesday morning in Coralville, and didn't take long to burn out of control.

The Hug family had lived at the since 1963.
Dan Hug was home alone and believes a candle caught some nearby papers on fire.
He tried using a fire extinguisher but said the flames spread too quickly.

He says he got three of the family's dogs out, but one is still unaccounted for.

Orey Schwitzer, Coralville Assistant Fire Chief said, "We did make an attack on the first floor, got the fire knocked down. We tried to go to the second floor and the floor was missing so it had burned into the floor area. At that point and time we had to pull all firefighters out of the building and go what we call defensive, which is try to put the fire out from the outside."

Fire crews from Coralville, Iowa City and Tiffin were all called to the scene.

Dan and his wife Phyllis raised six children in this home.

It was built in 1870 and was one of the last original old town Coralville homes on the street.
The house sits back from the street on a hill, and fire crews say that hindered their efforts.

"We had a problem getting up in the first lane. We tried to bring an engine in from the apartment complex in the backside, which took a little bit longer. So our first crew in was a little bit delayed because of the outlay of where the house is, how far back from the road it sits."


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