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Des Moines police identify woman killed in Wednesday house fire

Fire officials say it happened at a home in the 800 block of Knob Hill Drive just before sunrise Wednesday.

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person is dead after a house caught on fire Wednesday morning in Des Moines. 

Des Moines fire crews said the fire call came in just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

It happened in the 800 block of Knob Hill Drive, on the city's east side. A spokesperson for the Des Moines Fire Department said smoke could be seen from several blocks away, and flames were coming from multiple sides of the home.

Crews found 69-year-old Susan Sprouse in the home and pronounced her dead on scene after performing CPR.

The Des Moines Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire, but in a press release, the Des Moines Police Department said "preliminary examination of evidence indicates that this was an accidental fire."

Credit: Des Moines Police Department
69-year-old Susan Sprouse

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