Fire Destroys West Des Moines Home

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A West Des Moines home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night.

Fire crews were called to a home at 1010 32nd Street around 8:30 p.m. Firefighters said they knew immediately it was serious.

“We have a fire station not even a block away and when they pulled out onto the apron to respond here they could actually see smoke coming through the trees,” said Mike Whitsell with the West Des Moines Police Department.

Flames were shooting through the roof and because of the size of the fire crews from Norwalk, Clive, and Windsor Heights were called in to keep the fire from spreading.

“As it was running that attic we had a lot of fire we started setting up large hose lines on all sides of the house to keep it from jumping beyond where we were and getting the neighboring houses,” said Whitsell.

The four people inside the house made it out safely and no one was injured.

The cause remains under investigation.


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