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Two homeless following Friday fire in Fort Madison

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FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -

An explosion and a burning mobile home.

That's what residents of a Fort Madison trailer park describe, after watching their neighbor's home go up in flames.

Police are investigating, but remain very tight lipped about the case. Just after 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jay Sanderson said he was home when got word that his neighbor's mobile home was on fire.

"Neighbor came knocking on the door, told us a there was a trailer house on fire and we went running down to see what it was," said Sanderson.

Several neighbors say they heard a big explosion and many say they were confused as to what had just happened.

Sanderson said a crowd of neighbors gathered around the home in the Aztec Mobile Home Park, which is near the 3900 block of Bluff Road in Fort Madison.

"I just saw flames shooting out the windows and the doors," said Sanderson.

Sanderson said the fire kept growing, but the Red Cross said the two people inside made it out okay.

"It was shooting way high out of the roof," said Sanderson.

Ultimately, the fire engulfed the mobile home and by the time firefighters put it out all that remained was the home's shell and rubble left inside.

Police have been called in to investigate just what went wrong, and what could have caused what neighbors describe as an explosion.

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