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Pella firefighters fought flames and smoke at 1006 Washington Street early Thursday morning.  Numerous trucks responded at 1:23 a.m. to the house filled with smoke on both floors. Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says crews had to do a thorough check of the house due to some unique structuring in the roof setup. The cause is under investigation; No people were injured, but a cat belonging to one of the tenants died.

A line of severe thunderstorms ripped through South Central Iowa yesterday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and high winds with them.  Almost 1.5″ fell in downtown Pella, while Lake Red Rock received just over 1.5″.  More rain is expected later today and overnight.

A pickup truck struck a bicyclist at approximately 10:15 a.m this morning at the intersection of West Jones and North McKinley streets in Knoxville.  Knoxville Fire and Rescue and the Knoxville Police Department responded to the scene east of Youngs Park. As a precaution the older male bicyclist was transported to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics – he received minor injuries in the incident.

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