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Maureen Wurtz

COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM)- "The fire department grabbed me out front because I was going in my house. I was going to find my boy," said Chris Gleichman.

When a fire broke out in his family's home Monday night, the nightmare for Gleichman had just begun.

"I reacted on instinct," said Nick, Gleichman's 13-year-old son.

Nick was sitting in the house when the fire started. He called 911 and got out safely, but Gleichman didn't know that at first.

"I had no idea where he was," said Gleichman.

His daughter was at a school concert at the time. "She called and said the house was on fire, that's all I heard. She was screaming and crying," said Gleichman.

The fire started in the back of the house and spread quickly. Gleichman said his house would have to be torn down.

"I've never seen anything this bad," said Gleichman.

On Tuesday, with his family safe, he began to start looking for what survived and what did not.

"I can't describe it, there's no description," said Gleichman.

He said broken Christmas ornaments and walls painted black with smoke are painful reminders of what his family shared at his home.

"There's nothing left," said Gleichman.

He said the marks on the walls where the pictures hung are also reminders, that his family is safe and that life will go on.

"We'll start over, rebuild," said Gleichman. 


Franque Thompson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (KPTM)-  A Council Bluffs family loses their home and just about everything they own after a fire broke out.

It happened Monday, around 8pm, near 11th Street and B Avenue.

The Council Bluffs Fire Department said the fire may have started from a dryer, but is still looking into what caused the fire.

The fire department said 100 percent of the contents inside the home are destroyed and the structure of the home may not be able to be saved.

13-year-old Nick Gleichman was the only person inside the home when the fire happened.  He called 911 for help and immediately called his parents afterwards.  No one was injured.

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