OTTUMWA — Ottumwa Central Fire Station was dispatched to a fire at 1934 E. Main St. late Monday night.
"We were dispatched at 11:23 p.m. and told there was a truck that was on fire next to a residence," explained Assistance Fire Chief Bryan Carnahan. "Shortly after we were dispatched we got a call that the fire had spread to the house."
According to Carnahan the vehicle, which was parked approximately five feet from the home, was near a doghouse that helped the first spread to the residence.
The crew on duty was quickly able to extinguish the flames from the house and focus its attention on the vehicle fire and one resident inside.
The assistant chief said that a family member informed the crew there was a handicapped, elderly man inside who needed help getting out of home. He was safely removed and no injuries were reported.
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