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A northwest Iowa daycare provider has saved seven children from a van that erupted into flames.
    
The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday about six miles southwest of Sioux Center.
    
Thirty-six-year-old Tara Dekkers was driving the 15-passenger van when she heard a sound like a backfire. She soon pulled over the van when it filled with smoke.
    
Dekkers quickly unloaded the children, who ranged in age from one to six, before the van was engulfed. No injuries were reported.
    
The Sheriff's Office says a mechanical failure caused the fire.

Image courtesy: Sioux County Sherriff's Office
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