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Neighbors help rescue 4 people from house fire in Des Moines

Neighbors alerted the sleeping residents to the fire, helping them escape.

Four people escaped a house fire Thursday morning in Des Moines near Highline College.

Firefighters arrived to find a fully engulfed shed, garage, and deck. A few flames also made it into the house and attic. Firefighters were told there had also been explosions.

Neighbors alerted the sleeping residents to the fire, helping them escape. Next door neighbor Juan Garcia and his girlfriend said they were watching TV when they heard an explosion. He rushed in to help save his neighbors.

A resident told police there were around 20 cats inside the house at the time of the fire. All the cats are OK, including a momma who apparently just had kittens, the department tweeted.

A firefighter on scene told police “there are cats everywhere.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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