Early Morning Fire Destroys South Des Moines Home

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a south Des Moines home Thursday.

Firefighters were called to 811 Bancroft around 1:45 a.m. When they arrived they found the back corner of the home fully engulfed.

Lieutenant Chris Westhoff with the Des Moines Fire Department said crews began a defensive fight of the fire from the outside.

Once that was knocked down crews moved to the inside of the home.

There were two people in the home at the time of the fire, they both made it out safely, but three cats and a dog did not.

Fire investigators were on the scene until 6:20 a.m. looking for the cause.

A neighbor said he heard a commotion at the home about a half hour before the fire started.

Investigators are not saying whether the fire is suspicious, but they were looking closely at the back porch and say they are looking at couple things.

The Red Cross is helping the homeowners.  Westhoff said the structural damage to the home is extensive.

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