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Thompson, Iowa – It’s an image neighbor Cari Hartfield will never forget.
“It was about six o clock I come into the kitchen and I looked out the window. I hollered up to my brother the house is on fire. Then I’m like I mean the next door neighbors house,” said Hartfield.
She said her initial reaction was focused on the people who live there.
“I almost ran across the field just to see if everybody was ok. Luckily there was nobody in there,” said Hartfied.
The house is owned by Bill Kirschbaum Jr. along with his wife and three kids.
His wife and kids were in Forest City at the time.
Firefighter Tim Retland says it was quite a site to see.
“Just the house was had flames shooting out all the windows, and the owner of the house is on the fire department and he was up town getting ready for the meeting. Pager went off and it’s like he didn’t even recognize his own address,” said Retland.
Retland says the look on Kirschbaum Jr.’s face is one he won’t forget.
“I was in one of the other trucks I think he was pretty upset probably in shock like everyone else,” said Retland.
Now all that remains is rubble and a bit of smoke.
“There are so many hot spots especially in the basement and stuff. We tried to get that quenched so we don’t have to go out several different times putting more water on the hot spots,” said Retland.