A rural Keokuk family is homeless after a Fourth of July fire that killed two pets.
Jackson Township Fire Chief Paul Henson says crews were called to the 3400 block of 277th Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Henson says a neighbor reported hearing an explosion before seeing flames coming from the home.
Henson says it took 26 firefighters about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews remained on scene for about six hours to put out the hot spots.
No one was at home at the time, but Henson says two dogs were killed. The couple who lived at the home are now staying with family.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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