A fire sparked in the heart of an eastern Iowa town overnight, sending dozens of firefighters from several units to Monticello just before 4:00 a.m.
The biggest concern was the fire spreading, because all the structures are so close.
However, crews were able to keep the fire contained to just two buildings. Several others structures nearby suffered smoke and water damage.
Authorities evacuated people living in apartments above or behind the shops on the block.
Owners that live away from their businesses say it was a rough morning.
"We were woken up at about 4:28 by the alarm company that issues and when we looked out the window and we live on top of the hill, we could see smoke downtown, so we came down and this is what we found,” says jewelry store owner Teri Keleher.
No one was injured during the fire.
Firefighters were on the scene through the morning hours putting out hot spots.