Several people were rescued from the roof of a burning apartment-house in Council Bluffs early this morning. The blaze at 525 South 7th Street was reported at around 1:20 AM. When firefighters arrived, they found a family on the roof, fire burning in a stairwell, and smoke in the second and third floors.

The family was safely evacuated from the home, which had been converted into eight apartments. No injuries were reported, and the damage was primarily limited to the stairwell. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic