Firefighters in Woodbine, Iowa battled a Three-Alarm blaze that broke out Thursday afternoon in a local business.
The fire started at a flower shop on Main Street in Woodbine.
A man working at a nearby service station told KTIV's NBC affiliate, WOWT 6 News, that he could see the flames and smoke from the highway.
Crews from several fire jurisdictions, including those from Logan and Dunlap Fire, were among those responding.
As the fight wore on into the late afternoon, firefighters were trying to cope with a shortage of water. More help was being called.
Area residents say the fire broke out about 3:30 and while there has been no official determination of what caused it, there was talk in the street of a possible link to an electrical problem.
The flower shop where this started is one of the taller buildings among the local businesses. Residents who lined the sidewalks told us that flames did communicate to the rooftops of neighboring structures including an antique store, a bar and a senior center but it appears the fire damage to the adjacent buildings was minimal.
There is, however, smoke and water damage. The extent won't be able to be adequately assessed until the scene is stable and the building occupants can get inside.
Again, these accounts are based on witness observations. Formal determination of a cause and official damage estimates will have to await the findings of fire investigators.
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