Person jumps from third floor to escape apartment fire in North Liberty

There were flames and thick smoke coming from a large apartment fire in North Liberty when a person jumped off the third floor balcony to escape Friday afternoon.

The North Liberty Fire Department says they were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The fire started just before noon at 460 South Kansas Avenue. The Fire Department says the complex appears to be a total loss, with large holes left in the roof and extensive smoke and water damage to the apartment units.

At least two dozen people are being helped with temporary housing.

Three dogs trapped in the burning building were rescued by firefithers.

Iowa's News Now reports strong winds led the North Liberty Fire Department to request support from additional fire departments.

Photos by Iowa's News Now.

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