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(Ottumwa)—Thursday members of the Ottumwa Fire Department took part in a training exercise involving a burning house.   Today (Friday) it was the real thing.

The fire department was called to a house fire about 7:15 this morning at 126 Schuyler.  Deputy Fire Chief Cory Benge told KBIZ news when firemen arrival on the scene smoke was coming from the house.  No one was home at the time of the time.

Benge says the fire got into several confined areas that make it hard to fight the blaze.  In addition he says the attic part of the house was recently remodeled including a new metal roof.  The deputy chief said the metal roof made it very difficult to fight the fire due to the fact the roof keeps everything confined underneath it.

No injuries were reported.  Cause of the fire remains under investigation.