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Several top-floor units were destroyed in a fire at the Sea-Fox Apartments in Des Moines last week.

Des Moines fire rescue tops police blotter

By Shara Wallace

2 men hailed as heroes for saving kids from burning apartment
Two men are being hailed as heroes for saving two kids who had to jump from an 18-unit apartment building that was burning. No one was seriously hurt. As the fire spread at the Sea Fox Apartments, 2616 S. 224th Street, Alejandro Rodriguez ran onto his second floor balcony, and spotted two kids dangling from their dad's arms on the third floor. Rodriguez caught the kids on the second-floor balcony, then climbed down to ground level and caught them again.

Then his friend Waylon Uaki grabbed the kids and rushed them away from the fire. Fire officials said both kids are OK but one did suffer a foot injury.

Residents say fire alarms were installed just two months ago which played a key role in alerting everyone to get out in time. Most people in the building rescued themselves. 50 people were left without a place to live. Some because of smoke and fire damage; most because of water damages. Fire investigators said while they have a good idea where the fire started, it could take days to figure out how it started. Red Cross is proving food and finding new homes for everyone affected.

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