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No one hurt in early morning fire

No people or pets were found in the house

-Submitted photo
Fort Dodge firefighters take a break early Wednesday morning after extinguishing a blaze in a house at 1126 S. 21st St. The house was heavily damaged, but no one was injured.

No injuries were reported as a result of a fire early Wednesday morning that severely damaged a house on the south side of Fort Dodge.

The fire at 1126 S. 21st St. was reported at 3:45 a.m.

When firefighters arrived there were flames coming out of windows on the first and second floors. Neighbors reported that people and a dog could be in the house.

Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said an aggressive interior attack and search and rescue effort was launched. No people or pets were found in the house, he said.

The house sustained serious fire damage in the living room, hallway, stairwell and second floor bedrooms.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The home’s owner was identified in Fire Department reports as Kevin Johnson, of Kasota, Minnesota.

Hergenreter said the blaze occurred at the end of an exceptionally busy 24-hour period in which the Fire Department responded to two house fires, 18 medical emergencies and handled two long distance patient transfers, one to Iowa City and one to Des Moines.

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