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WATCH: More Than 40 Firefighters Respond to Wapello County House Fire – Three Receive Minor Injuries

By Ellis Codjoe, August 09, 2017

More than forty firefighters responded to a house fire in rural Wapello County Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were initially called to a grass fire in the 5,000 block of Point Isabelle Road, south of Ottumwa, at 1:34 Wednesday.

Dry conditions quickly pushed the out of control grass fire to a home and barn.

Wapello County Rural Fire Captain Mike Afonso, who was first on scene, says the rear of the home was fully engulfed when he arrived. The attached garage had already fully collapsed and power lines were falling into grassy areas surrounding the home.

Afonso says he believes everyone made it out of the home without injury. Firefighters did a preliminary search, however, the fire quickly forced them out of the home.

Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond says three firefighters suffered minor injuries as a result of the blaze. Two suffered minor burns, while one became overwhelmed by the heat. None of the firefighters required transportation to the hospital.

Authorities called in mutual aid assistance from the Ottumwa, Eldon, Floris, Agency and Blakesburg Fire Departments. Richmond says more than forty firefighters answered the call for help.

The home is a total loss as a result of the fire.

The cause of the initial grass fire remains under investigation.

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