TOTAL LOSS: Family Flees Fort Dodge House Fire

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A family of five is safe after an early morning fire destroyed their home in Fort Dodge.

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett says crews were called to 1415 N. 11th just after 1:30 a.m. Monday on a report of a house fire.

Jodi Berns-Lennon says she was still awake when she smelled burning. Then she heard the smoke detector go off.  She and her husband and three children were able to escape the home with the pet dog. They left the home in only their pajamas, fleeing into frigid temperatures.

Firefighters battled the blaze as well as the extreme cold. One firefighter was injured when he fell into the basement. He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries then released.

Berns-Lennon's husband Jim was treated for smoke inhalation but is ok.

"It was horrible to watch from the neighbors to see your whole life go up…and everything in it…and all of our memories are up in smoke,” says Berns-Lennon. She says though the home is a total loss, they plan to rebuild.

Bens-Lennon says she is very thankful for all of the firefighters and emergency responders that helped at the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with lodging, food, and clothing.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


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