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Police: East Side House Fire was Intentionally Set

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police say an early morning house fire on Des Moines’ east side was intentionally set following a domestic incident.

Two people were able to escape their burning home early Monday morning. Police say they have identified a suspect in the fire but have not taken them into custody.

Fire crews were called to a home at the corner of E. 27th Court and Garfield at 3:45 a.m. When firefighters arrived, there were flames coming from all sides of the house.

District Chief Kerry Schneider says they fought the fire defensively for about 15 to 20 minutes before they were able to get inside the home. The fire was knocked down pretty quickly.

The home is potentially a complete loss.

Two adults inside the home were able to get out without injury.

The investigation into the fire and domestic incident continues.