Early Morning Fire Hospitalizes 3 Children, Injures 2 Others

By Brady Smith, Reporter

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ANAMOSA, Iowa - Three children are recovering in area hospitals after an early morning apartment fire in Anamosa. Two other people were injured.

The fire started above the Cat Adoption Center at 118 South Elm Street around 5:00 a.m. Witnesses say the apartment was completely engulfed in flames.

Anamosa Police Chief, Robert Simonson, says one child was taken to Jones County Regional Hospital. The other two children were airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for burns and smoke inhalation.

The dog that belonged to the family who lived there died in the fire.

Officials in Anamosa are still investigating the cause of the fire. Still no word on the conditions of the children who responders took for treatment. The fire chief said they were being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

As for the cat shelter below the apartment, it also took on extensive damage from the fire. Organizers say the cats will likely never be able to return to the shelter. All of the cats escaped safely, but several are still missing.

"What happened is when the fired department got into the building to start the rescue operation with the cats a lot of them were scared at the time, a lot of them did scratch and got away when the doors were popped open," volunteer, David Boehn said.

About a dozen cats were missing at first, but several have been found. Volunteers are asking people there to keep their eyes open for any roaming around.

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