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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 4:03 pm | Updated: 4:08 pm, Sun Sep 29, 2013.

A fire destroyed an Iowa couple’s home and forced them to relocate nine years after a flood made their previous home unlivable.

Keith and Judy Steger’s home in Delaware County was damaged by fire on Friday.

Keith Steger told Telegraph Herald news partner KWWL-TV that the fire began in the kitchen.

"I was making breakfast in the morning and I went down to the basement to watch the news," he said. "I left the burner on and it ignited a bowl of deep fried food and then just took off."

The Stegers and their seven children spent the weekend trying to salvage what they could from the home.

In 2004, the Stegers lost their home in Elkader to flooding.

The couple’s son, Jeremy Steger, says it’s hard to express what it’s like to lose a home. He says the family just has to keep moving forward.

For now, the Stegers are planning to live in another building on their property.

A benefit for the Stegers will be held Nov. 9 at the Elkport Garber Community Club, according to KWWL-TV.

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