Six family pets died Sunday in a house fire on Garfield Avenue in Ames.
The residents were not home when the fire erupted. Ames firefighters arrived on scene at 5:36 p.m. to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the front porch and windows of the two-story, single-family home.
Firefighters knocked down the flames enough to make entry into the home and stop the fire from spreading throughout the entire house. The house sustained considerable fire and smoke damage.
Initial information from the fire department did not mention any additional damage to neighboring properties.
The residents of the home discovered the fire upon their return and called 911.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is not considered suspicious. The Red Cross has been called in to assist the family in finding a temporary place to stay.
Teresa Kay Albertson covers crime, courts and local government in Ames and central Iowa for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-419-6098.
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