JASPER COUNTY, Iowa –Crews have left a rural Mingo home after fighting a fire for nearly four hours.
It happened around 10:00 a.m. at a home in rural Jasper County. It’s in the 8900 block of West 108th Street North.
Officials say one of the homeowners reported hearing several explosions and called for help.
“Nearest we could tell the fire started in the attic. They heard some popping noises, we’re thinking that was probably electrical and spread throughout the attic and stayed one step ahead of us clear across the house,” says Baxter Fire Chief Dan Ritter.
Volunteer fire crews from Maxwell, Mingo, Colfax, Baxter, Collins, and Melbourne all assisted in the fire.
Since the home is in the country, water tankers are being brought to the scene to help fight the fire.
Luckily a community project in Baxter helped make sure firefighters didn’t have to travel all the way to town to fill up with water.
“We’ve worked towards putting rural fire hydrants out in the country, we now have 8 of them and fortunently this one we had a hydrant a mile away so we were able to source water from there and get back fairly quickly,” says Chief Ritter.
Officials estimate about 75 percent of the home is destroyed and the rest has heavy smoke damage.
The homeowner was able to get out of the house and no firefighters were injured fighting the fire.
The homeowners say the Red Cross came in and offered to assist but their insurance will cover the costs.
The family’s pet cat died in the fire.