FORT DODGE, Iowa- Three people were killed in a house fire Sunday afternoon north of downtown. Fire Chief Kent Hulett said 7 people were in the house at the time, four made it out and were taken to the hospital. Flames and smoke kept firefighters from entering the structure to rescue 3 who were missing. Once inside the structure after the flames were out firefighters found an adult female and two children in an upstairs bedroom. Names have not yet been released.
"It was a rental unit for one family," said Hulett. "I believe there were friends and family staying with them in the house at the time of the fire."
The cause of the fire is not yet known. "We just got together with the State Fire Marshall, Ft Dodge Police, our County Attorney, and our Fire Marshall from Fort Dodge, it's a joint investigation," said Hulett.
Neighbor Teresa Remington ran to the scene with flames and thick smoke. "There was really nothing I could do, and the ambulance got her and her two kids," said Remington. "Ran up there you could hear the kids and female just crying."
The Fire Chief says he's not sure what caused this fire, but he urged people not to heat the house with space heaters or candles, and to make sure you have a working smoke detector in your home.