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Crews Battle Fire in Independence

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    INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - Crews battled a house fire for hours early Friday morning. Firefighters arrived at about eight o'clock Friday morning to find the home at 2112 215th Street in Independence filled with smoke and flames.

    The damage is centered around the fireplace on all three floors of the house. Investigators believe that's where the fire started, but they are continuing to investigate any other potential causes. The Independence fire chief said about 50 percent of the home was damaged.

    Crews worked for a hours to get all of the hot spots out. The fire got up into the walls.

    Two people live in the house, but no one was there when the fire started.

    Homeowner Tim Miller said he was in Oelwein getting his truck fixed when his son rushed into the repair shop to tell him the house was on fire. When Miller got to his burning home, officials would not let him into the house to see the damage for about an hour as they worked to get the fire under control.

    Fire crews said it was tough site to respond to. The location, with icy roads and snow, made it tough for the large trucks to access.