CASEY, Iowa (AP) -

A fire has severely damaged a community building in the central Iowa city of Casey.

KCCI-TV reports the fire started early Wednesday in the Casey Community Building. Firefighters from 15 communities responded to fight the fire, which continued to smolder hours later.

Fire crews say the building was engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived.

Firefighters were aided by heavy rain that swept through the area about 3:30 a.m.

Casey is a city of about 400 people, about 40 miles west of Des Moines.