- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A fire official says people have used snow to battle a garage fire in Mason City.

Mason City television station KIMT reports (http://bit.ly/1BRV0xl ) that firetrucks were dispatched to the home on South Wilson Avenue around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday. Residents say they heard an explosion and then found smoke coming from the garage.

Lt. Dustin Pillard, of the Mason City Fire Department, says the residents threw snow on the flames while waiting for firefighters to arrive.

No injuries have been reported. Officials suspect the fire was started in or near an electrical heating unit.

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Information from: KIMT-TV, http://www.kimt.com

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