Bluffs fire

A family of six escaped a house fire in Council Bluffs on Thursday morning, but several pets died in the blaze.

Six family members escaped uninjured from a large house fire early Thursday just west of downtown Council Bluffs.

Several pets died in the fire.

Firefighters were called at 3:30 a.m. to a house at 1427 2nd Ave. Upon arrival, fire crews reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story house.

The blaze kept fire crews occupied for five hours.

The house is a total loss, a Council Bluffs Fire Department spokesman said. The family was relocated to a motel.  

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The city's public works department was called to remove ice from the streets. 

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