A fire destroyed a residence near Durango early Wednesday(June 15) afternoon.  The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department along with fire departments from Sherrill, Asbury, Holy Cross, Dubuque, Epworth, and Farley responded to 15072 Hyw 3 for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, the residence was completely engulfed in flames and is considered a total loss. The estimated value was $100,000.

Two family pets were trapped inside and did not survive. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it does not appear suspicious at this time.

A neighboring residence, 15078 Hwy 3 sustained heat damage during the incident. Total damage to that residence is currently unknown.

Hilarious Iowa DOT Signs

Anyone else share a sense of humor with a state's Department of Transportation? Just me? Well, every Monday the Iowa Department of Transportation puts up a sometimes hilarious, sometimes straightforward message on their road signs across the state. This is called "message Monday" and Iowa DOT tries to entertain and educate drivers through these signs. Here are just a few of our favorites.