HOUSE FIRE: Flames Seen A Mile Away

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Investigators are looking into what caused a Johnston home to catch fire late Wednesday night.

The fire broke out in the 9200 block of 62nd Street in Johnston.

Someone called 911 saying they saw flames from the Grimes Wal-Mart a mile away.

“When the police first arrived it was through the roof in one area. It’s going to be too difficult at this time to tell where it (started), but to burn through a roof like that, it usually takes about 20 minutes or better, so this had quite a head start,” Fire Chief Jim Krohse said.

Johnston firefighters quickly called in extra crews from Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale, Saylor Township and Ankeny to put out the fire.

Krohse says the time wasn’t the only set back. Firefighters couldn’t get their aerial ladder to the house to battle the flames from the roof. They also had to find a second fire hydrant after the first one they tried to tap into was frozen because of the cold winter.

Luckily, no one was home at the time of the fire. The family arrived home right as police got there.

Firefighters are looking into the cause of the fire, but they think it may have started in the basement.