A house fire on Des Moines’ north side left eight people out in the cold early Thursday morning.
People living at a home at 1426 4th Street called 911 around 3:30 p.m. They say they heard a pop on the outside of the house and saw that the home was on fire.
Four people live in the apartment upstairs and four live downstairs. All were able to get out safely.
Fire officials say investigators will not be called in because the fire appears to be electrical.
Despite its appearance, the home did not sustain significant damage.
“Inside doesn’t appear to have too much damage reported from the crews. Most of it’s going to be to the exterior of the house,” says Ed Haase, acting district fire chief.
Haase says there was significant smoke inside the home.
The Red Cross was called in to help some of the victims find a temporary place to stay. The others are staying with family.