Waterloo Fire Rescue officials are reminding residents not to leave recreational fires or barbeque grills unattended, especially in high wind.

A rural Waterloo family learned an expensive lesson over the weekend when fire severely damaged their home and destroyed part of their property.

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Firefighters and Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies were called to a one-story house at 4137 George Drive around 3 PM Sunday and discovered a fire raging out of control. Firefighters had trouble containing the fire, due to 40 mile-per-hour winds and a lack of hydrants in the area.

Waterloo Fire Rescue officials said the fire started in a detached garage, where a barbeque grill was left unattended. The fire then spread to the house and a camper parked near the garage.

Officials said the camper, garage and a car inside the garage were all destroyed. The house was severely damaged.

No injuries were reported.

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