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Keokuk fire under criminal investigation

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Investigators say criminal activity may have been involved in a Keokuk apartment fire that sent one man to the hospital.

Five people were inside an apartment when a fire broke out at 318 11th Street around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Firefighters quickly became suspicious when they arrived on the scene. Cody Mueller said he was in his home when he saw smoke from his window, and then heard sirens.

"I walked outside and in the second story, two windows there was flames coming out of the top story windows," said Mueller.

That's when Mueller said the fire started to intensify.

"I walked around the corner and I could see the flames going up onto the roof and it had already started popping, and then the bricks had already started falling off. Some of the bricks already started falling off the side of the house," said Mueller. 

After battling the blaze, officials taped off the scene, closed off the 300 block of 11th Street and investigated into the night.

They say the fire was contained to one room and five adults were in the building when the fire broke out. Keokuk Assistant fire chief Damon Cackley said one man was injured in the fire.

"There was one civilian occupant that was a burn victim. He was treated and transported to the local hospital," said Cackley.

After hours of combing through the building for possible evidence, Cackley was tight lipped about the cause.

"Cause of the fire is under investigation," said Cackley. 

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