HOME DESTROYED: Crews Fight Overnight Fire

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Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a home on Des Moines’ east side.

Fire fighters were called to the home in the 4000 block of Indianapolis Avenue just before 2:00 a.m

Crews found flames shooting from every window and door in the home

The District Chief Scott Douglass says nobody was living at the home and that it may have been a FEMA purchased property.

MidAmerican was called in to shut off the power.

Fire crews had to fight the fire from outside because of holes in the floor and instability in the roof.

Fire officials are not saying the fire is suspicious at this time, but Chief Douglass says investigators were called in to look at the possibility. “There has been a few fires up in this area. We’ve been notified anything in a certain block area they want to be notified and come out and just take a look.”

Douglass said it was likely investigators would have to return late Friday because of safety issues in the home.

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