Three residents were rescued from a building fire in Bernard early Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out shortly before 1 am at 268 Jess Street – the building is home to the Painted Horse Saloon on the main level and apartments on the second level.
The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says an adult and two children were trapped on the second floor. Rescue personnel were able to get them out through a second floor window. They suffered minor smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene.
Residents next door at 519 Leffler Street were also forced to evacuate due to the smoke filling up their home.
Seven area fire departments responded to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says the fire appears to have started in a utility closet. Damage to the building has been estimated at $150,000.
The Red Cross is providing aid to the residents. And a Cascade business, Lyons Service Center, is helping the two families who were displaced and lost their belongings. Lyons is accepting donations, which they will divide equally between the two families.
photo courtesy of Lyons Service Center