Fire destroys 4 businesses in small western Iowa town

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EXIRA, Iowa (AP) - A fire that started in a downtown bar has destroyed four businesses in the small western Iowa town of Exira (ex-ZYE'-ruh).

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that fire began early Friday morning in a two-story building housing Jerry's Bar. Gene Schmeling of the Atlantic Fire Department says more than 24 area fire departments were called in the help battle the blaze.

The fire spread to nearby businesses, including a hardwood floor and decor store, a gift shop called Gabby's and Crabby's Place, and a building where a local psychologist lived.

The psychologist, who uses a wheelchair, was rescued from the building. No injuries were reported.

Exira is 66 miles (105 kilometers) west of Des Moines and is home to fewer than 800 people.