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UPDATE: No injuries at Independence house fire but home “likely a total loss”

Ind. house fire
A house fire in Independence Sunday afternoon, photo courtesy of Danny Murphy on facebook.

UPDATE: Independence Fire Chief Richard Newton says there were no injuries during a house fire at a two-story home in Independence Sunday afternoon.

Crews were called to the 200 block of 3rd Street Northeast around 4 p.m. on Sunday and found smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house. The fire slowly spread to the front of the house, Chief Newton says due to the wind.

Three people were home at the time of the fire but all three were able to get out safely. Chief Newton says there's smoke or water damage to all of the house.


INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KWWL) - Videos posted to facebook Sunday afternoon show a large house fire at a two-story home in Independence. A viewer told KWWL the house was near the intersection of 2nd Avenue Northeast and 3rd Street Northeast.

The Independence Fire Department could not immediately confirm any details but did say information would be released Sunday night.

Photos taken by Danny and Derrick Murphy show at least half of the house engulfed in flames with smoke coming out of several windows.

KWWL will update this story as more details become available.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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