Firefighter injured while battling Burlington house fire

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BURLINGTON, Iowa — A firefighter was injured and a pet died in a fire that erupted at a central Burlington home.

Burlington Police officers on patrol discovered the fire just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, according to a statement from the Burlington Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, the house, in the 900 block of Wells Street, was fully engulfed in flames.

The statement said that a cat died in the fire and a firefighter was injured when a back porch collapsed.  “The firefighter was evaluated at the scene and released,” read the statement.

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The home was a rental that was occupied by two adults and a child, the statement said.  One person was inside the home at the time the first started, and was able to escape unharmed.

Two dozen firefighters ultimately ended up helping with the fire, and according to the statement, the home was considered a total loss.  Damage to the structure was estimated at $25,000 and the content damage was estimated at $10,000.  The home was not insured.

Firefighters stayed on scene four about four-and-a-half hours. Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started.