MOUNT PLEASANT — Authorities say a family escaped safely from flames that heavily damage a Mount Pleasant house in southeast Iowa.

Firefighters from Mount Pleasant and New London were sent to fight the blaze, which broke out about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Eric and Kirsten Heerdts and their two children were not injured. One of their dogs and a pet lizard and turtle were killed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

— AP

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