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One Dead, Three Injured in Independence Fire

(CBS2/FOX28) INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Sometime around 4:15 Friday morning a fire burned much of an apartment building at 1100 2nd Street Northeast.

“It was fully engulfed,” said Assistant Fire Chief, Rick Wulfekuhle.

A seven-year-old girl was killed in the fire and another three are now recovering in area hospitals. Its news even veteran firefighters find difficult to cope with.

“I’ve got grandchildren myself,” said Wulefkuhle. “It hits home.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown although firefighters tell CBS 2 News they believe it started in a living area on the bottom floor of the building.

Officials with the Independence Fire Department say that the people who lived in the apartment are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

CBS 2’s Josh Scheinblum reports.
 
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