A Des Moines fire crew on its way to a 911 call discovered a house fire early Thursday morning.
A crew from Station 2 was passing by the home at 1842 East Walnut around 6:10 a.m. when they noticed smoke coming from the house. They called dispatch and another fire crew responded to the home.
East Walnut was blocked off so firefighters could extinguish the flames. Officials say significant damage was caused to the inside of the home by heat and smoke and it is likely a total loss.
The fire appears to have started in the crawl space below the kitchen and traveled up the ventilation to the attic.
Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department says the house was unoccupied and a renter had just moved out on Tuesday. The homeowner had been in on Wednesday to do some cleaning and maintenance.
O’Keefe says the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it may have been electrical in nature.