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CHARLES CITY — Smoke and fire were visible at 2455 Miner Ave. Thursday as the Charles City Fire Department responded to a fire call at a residence Southwest of Charles City. 

Reported by a passerby at 12:10 p.m., the blaze appeared to have a significant head start prior to the department's arrival, according to a press release.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing but it is believed that the spontaneous combustion of oily rags that were not put into a proper container within the residence was the cause.

Fire, smoke and water damage was major, likely making the home a total loss, the release said.

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Two CCFD engines and a tanker responded to the call and firefighters remained on the scene for approximately three hours.

The Greene Fire Department, Marble Rock Fire Department, Rockford Fire Department AMR Ambulance, Floyd County Search and Rescue Floyd County Sheriff's Office and Floyd County EMA assisted Charles City Fire Department in its response. 

No injuries were reported to residents of the home or to responding firefighters. The Red Cross has been contacted to help the displaced residents.

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