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Keokuk apartment building damaged by fire

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

A fire at a Keokuk apartment building late Monday night sent one person to the hospital and left several other families without a home, according to witnesses.

Firefighters were called to the Tumelty View apartment building at 1718 High St. just after 10 p.m. Asst. Fire Chief Pat McNally said the initial call to dispatch stated people were still inside.

McNally said crews focused immediately on getting residents out of the building.

"We had one firefighter jump out, grab a hose and start spraying water," McNally said at the scene. "Then we had two others do a quick interior sweep to make sure everyone was out and safe."

Fire damaged the outside of the home and ripped through the roof.

One resident said she and her fiance were at work when they learned about the fire.

"I was scared," resident Letha Ellis said. "I was hoping maybe nobody was hurt. I was in shock."

Investigators were looking into just how the fire started. Firefighters credited the apartment's centralized alarm system for preventing it from being a worse call.

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