Firefighters rescued a dog during a house fire Tuesday in Algona, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.
An Algona police officer first arrived at the house fire in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast about 11:15 a.m. after a neighbor saw flames coming from the home, Valley Fire spokeswoman Kimberly Terhune said by email.
The officer searched through the house and did not find any residents before he was forced from the home because of the heat and smoke, Terhune said.
Valley Fire units arrived shortly thereafter, finding flames enveloping part of the home.
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Firefighters searched the house and found the dog huddled in a utility closet between the hot water heater and a clothes dryer, Terhune said. They brought the frightened animal outside to safety.
Four adults, a teenager and an infant lived in the home, Terhune said. The family’s insurance company will help them find a place to stay while the home remains uninhabitable because of fire and water damage.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.