Seven Flee Des Moines Home After Basement Fire

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three children and four adults have fled safely from a fire that began in the basement of a Des Moines house.

Des Moines television station KCCI says the fire began late Wednesday night. No injuries to the seven people have been reported, but a family dog died.

Fire officials say an occupant reported that she went down to the basement after hearing a scream. She rushed everyone out to safety when she saw the fire.

She told investigators that she suspected the children started the blaze while playing with matches. Authorities have not yet ruled on the fire cause.
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