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Iowa home fire leaves 5 dead: All burned beyond recognition in horrific blaze

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An Iowa home fire left firefighters with the gruesome task of removing five charred bodies from a home reduced to a pile of ashes in the small rural city of Arlington. The bodies were burned beyond recognition and they were sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification, according to ABC News on Jan. 24.

Officials believed the bodies are those of three adults and two children. An elderly man lived in one part of the house and rented another part of the home to tenants. The medical examiner will also look for signs of any foul-play in these deaths, although authorities have not found any evidence to suggest this is the case.

The firefighters arrived about 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning when the house was fully engulfed in flames. Four bodies were removed on Friday morning, with the fifth body found and removed later in the afternoon on Friday.

The fire has reduced the house to a few pieces of metal and siding, leaving very little, if any, evidence for fire officials to work with when trying to find the origin of the blaze.



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