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Two businesses lost in overnight Fort Madison fire

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FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -

An early Saturday morning blaze in downtown Fort Madison destroyed half of city block, but fortunately no one was hurt.

Massive's flames lit the night sky around 4 a.m. in the 600 block of Avenue G in downtown Fort Madison.

Chris Fruin was sleeping and woke up to the sounds of the blaze.

"The sounds of what I guess would be the panes of glass shattering, but it sounded like someone was just sweeping glass off the ground," said Fruin.  

Fruin then saw a bright light shining in the window.

"There was like this orange glow from the window and that is when I got up and peeked out and I was like Oh boy," said Fruin.  

That's when Fruin called 9-1-1 and multiple fire crews responded.

"We had an all call, which that is are call back. All off duty personal and we had mutual aid call with West Point, Montrose and Keokuk," said Fort Madison Fire Chief Joey Herren.

Crews got to the scene quickly, but it was too late.

"The building is about half of a size of a block and it is a total loss. Nothing salvageable and all it is just the walls you see standing now," said Herren.  

The book store Book Nook and the computer repair shop Cure Solutions were both lost in the fire, but fire officials say there main concern were for residents living in apartments next door.

"That was our priority, the building with four apartments above it to the west of this building that was on fire, but we did a good job. There is a little bit of water damage," said Herren.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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