Fire rekindles at Fowler home

A fire that was once believed contained, blew up again in flames early Thursday morning.

And to make things worse, the homeowner had to hear the news on the radio.

"When I got up this morning, I heard on the radio that it was gutted, it was completely gone, it was a total loss," homeowner Kathleen Ahern said.

Ahern has owned this home for the past 25 years. Just a week and a half ago her daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and four dogs moved in with her.

Wednesday night a fire started in the attic around 9:45 p.m. After the Fire Department responded, they gave the family the all clear.

Due to smoke damage, the family spent the night in a hotel, only to wake up to ...

"Roofs gone, the floors gone, upstairs, it's all caved in on the main floor. I could go in on the porch through the kitchen, into the bathroom, no place else because the floor will cave in and go into the basement," Ahern said.

Fire officials tell KHQA the original fire probably rekindled, even though no flames were found.

At around 3 o'clock Thursday morning, Central Adams Fire Protection District and the Camp Point Fire Department were called back to the scene with reports of flames coming out of the house.

"I'm thrilled that my family wasn't hurt, I'm upset that I lost a house, but it's all material stuff, it can be replaced. I've been through rough times before and this is no hill for a climber," Ahern said.

The family wasn't able to salvage much besides some tools and a refrigerator that was kept in a un-attached garage. The homeowner says the only choice she has now, is to most likely sell the property.

"The house has to be destroyed, you can't repair it," Ahern said.

Investigators say the cause of the fire is undetermined, and no further investigation will be conducted.