Blaze guts area home

OTHO – A dog died in a blaze that destroyed a house, a garage and two vehicles south of Fort Dodge Sunday morning.

No one was injured. That cause of the fire in a residential area called the Savage Addition remains undetermined.

Otho Fire Chief Marty Smith said the blaze at 22391 Old Highway 169 was reported at about 7 a.m.

He said the resident of the house, James Berg, was asleep when the fire started. Berg, he said, escaped unharmed before firefighters arrived. He attempted to move the Jeep Cherokee and the pickup parked in front of the garage, but intense heat prevented him from doing so.

The garage was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

”It was roaring,” Smith said.

The fire ignited both vehicles and spread down a 12- to 14-foot-long breezeway and into the house. Firefighters took hoselines into the house to try to extinguish the flames, but eventually had to get out when the roof started caving in, Smith said.

He said there were ”dead spaces” in the upper level of the one-and-a-half story house in which flames kept flaring up.

Smith said five hoselines were deployed. He estimated that 25,000 gallons of water were used.

The fire started in the garage, but its cause has not been determined, according to Smith.

Firefighters from Moorland and Duncombe assisted at the scene. Emergency personnel were there until about 11 a.m.