Fire causes injuries, heavy damage to Waterloo home, two children rescued

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP/KCRG) - An early Sunday morning fire in a home required the rescue of two children trapped inside, according to officials.

At around 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Waterloo Fire Department was sent to a report of a fire at 2646 E 4th Street. Firefighters arrived to find the one and a half story home in flames, with two children apparently still inside the building.

The children were rescued through a window in a bedroom in the house. Both sustained unspecified injuries. Waterloo Fire Battalion Chief Ben Petersen said the 2-year-old and 3-year-old girls were taken to the hospital after the fire along with an adult man who escaped the home and a firefighter who was injured during the fire.

The condition of the home's occupants wasn't immediately available Sunday. The firefighter was treated and released.

Officials said that there was significant damage from fire and smoke to the living room on the main floor and nearby rooms. The estimated cost of the damage was around $25,000.

The Waterloo Police Department assisted in the emergency response.