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Fire Destroys Building in Downtown Wyoming, Iowa

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Firefighters battled a Main Street fire in a small Iowa town for hours Sunday.

The fire broke out at Ted's Swinging Door Bar on West Main Street.

A passerby spotted the smoke and called 9-1-1 just after noon.

Crews from across the area arrived on the scene to help fight the fire. And there they stayed for hours - battling the flames and working to keep the fire from spreading to other nearby buildings.

Next door, the historical museum was working feverishly to move whatever it could out of harm's way. They had to quit when the smoke became too thick.

But, firefighters were able to contain the fire just to the bar building, which was a total loss.

They used an excavator to bring it down, because fire officials say that was the only way to keep the fire and heat away from neighboring structures. In the end, the historical museum suffered only minor smoke and water damage, as did a hair salon in the same building.

Still, this fire is a tough hit for the town:

"Our small town, anytime we lose a business it hurts. When you lose a business where people gather and talk and have their friendship away, it's even harder," Allen Willman, former Wyoming Fire chief and current active member of the fire department, said.

"But this town will survive. It always has," he said. "It's just - you saw today - the people that came out to help with water and food, that's what our community's about."

Fire officials say the water supply was a major challenge in fighting this fire. They had to pump in water from a nearby creek and haul it in from neighboring communities to knock down the flames.

Water was also a big issue in another recent main street fire. Just a week ago, that devastating fire ripped through downtown Prophetstown.

Several apartments and businesses were destroyed. So was the historical society there.

Two young boys - just 12 and 16 years old -- have been arrested in connection with the Prophetstown fire.

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