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Five dogs die in Waterloo farmhouse fire

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WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) - Five dogs died in a house fire in Waterloo, Illinois Thursday afternoon.

The farm house on Gall road was built in 1904 and was handed down through generations. it was destroyed Thursday.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 12pm and the small wooden frame home was engulfed in flames.  A woman and her two young sons, mother and stepfather lived there. They were raising horses, goats and growing soybeans.

The owner of the home, Jamie Otto said she left around noon to pick her up her son from school. That is when the fire broke out.  No persons were home at the time. But, five dogs died in the fire and a couple of cats are missing.

Jamie Otto says she lost everything in the fire.   She and her family will be staying with relatives for awhile.

The fire chief said the bitter cold and high winds made it difficult to fight the blaze. Some hoses cracked and there were minor problems with other equipment.

The cause of the fire is not known. The Illinois fire marshal is investigating.