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Home destroyed by fire
Firefighters initially think kids inside
Volunteer firefighters were quick to respond to the Rock Island community near the state park Tuesday at 8 a.m. for a home engulfed in flames.

Volunteer firefighters responding to a blaze Tuesday morning at 347 Great Falls Road in Rock Island received troubling news there may be children trapped inside the home.
Firefighters pushed back the flames and conducted an initial sweep of the home and did not find anyone inside. After they were able to further subdue the flames, they reentered a second time just to make sure.
"We had heard there was a home school child who might be in there with a sibling," said Rock Island Fire Chief Jeff Matheney. "But no one was inside. We learned the home school child had been enrolled back in school and no one was at home."
Firefighters arrived on the scene around 8 a.m. and left around 11:15 a.m. The point of origin is believed to be the kitchen. Iwalani Rutledge is listed as the home owner and was renting the home to another family.
"It's a complete loss," said Matheney. "We were able to go in and retrieve a few handguns and rifles, but that was it. That was all we could save."