MADRID, Iowa -- It took four departments to knock down a massive house fire this morning in Madrid.
Shortly after 4 AM, Boone County deputies noticed smoke in the sky. It turns out the smoke was coming from a home on the 200 block of South Union Street just a block from the Madrid Fire Department.
When fire fighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. The home had been vacant for at least a year and no one was inside at the time.
Fire fighters say they faced several challenges while attempting to put out the fire.
"The problem is the fire appeared to be between the first floor ceiling and the second floor area. It was really hard to get to that. We ended up with the ceilings falling in on top of each other,” said Madrid Fire Chief, Ed Pecenka.
Nobody was injured, and the fire did not spread to any neighboring homes.
The Woodward, Polk City, and Boone fire departments all assisted in putting out the fire.