Fire destroys home and displaces DeWitt family

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DeWitt, IA (KWQC) - Monday several firefighters worked to contain a fire in DeWitt. Multiple crews responded to the scene around 6 a.m. shortly after the residents called 911. Homeowner, Steve Waldorf, said he sensed something was wrong as he began to get ready for the day.

"I was taking a shower this morning and I smelled something burning," Waldorf said. "I came down and the garage was pretty much fully engulfed."

Waldorf's wife and son were also in the home at the time and made it out safely. His wife, Ellen, said she was able to grab the scrapbooks she made for her children before she escaped.

"Each child has one and I didn't want anything to happen to it, so it was always in the back of my mind to grab those if there was a problem."

The DeWitt, Wilton and Grand Mound Fire Departments worked to put out the fire throughout the morning. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but they said the home is a total loss. The Red Cross was also on scene Monday providing food and aide to the family and firefighters. The Waldorf family said they plan to stay with relatives until they figure out their next step.