Iowa News

Monday, August 20, 2018

Remsen grocery store a total loss after Sunday morning fire

VIDEO: A Northwest Iowa town is without a grocery store after flames took over the building early this morning. A fire of this magnitude is devastating for any town, but for the nearly 1,700 residents of Remsen, it's more than just losing a store. I went to Remsen to talk with witnesses about what this long-time grocery meant to them. Michelle Poeckes recalls the scene she saw this early morning. "All the sudden there was this huge fire," said Poeckes. Just before 4:15 Sunday morning, a fire broke out at the back of Remsen's only grocery store, Farm Fresh Foodtown and liquor. "It's unbelievable, I mean this has been in Remsen for so long," said Poeckes. The long-time grocery store has now been red-tagged after firefighters say flames were coming through the roof.

2 injured, site closed for grain deliveries after Winnebago Co. grain bin explosion

Two injured in a Sunday explosion at Landus Cooperative suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the company. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said two people were injured and one person was life flighted following the explosion at Landus Cooperative. The state fire marshal’s office is expected to investigate Monday. No names have been released. The site suffered some damage and is closed for grain deliveries, the company said in a statement released Monday. “We very much appreciate the fire and rescue crews who responded yesterday and thank them for their quick response,” the statement said.
KIMT-TV Mason City

Cedar Rapids business destroyed in fire

Duchess Cleaners in Cedar Rapids is a total loss after a fire Monday morning. Fire crews were called to their location at 3905 Center Point Road Northeast minutes before 5:00 a.m. It took firefighters an hour to contain the flames. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is investigating how it happened. Luckily no one was hurt during the fire.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Waterloo lands better ISO fire safety rating

The city’s fire protection system has earned high ratings from insurance industry officials during a recent review. The Insurance Services Office, an agency that issues statistical analysis, gave the City of Waterloo a rating of 2. The rating is on a scale of 1 through 10 with 1 being the best. “We are pretty pumped about it,” said Chief Pat Treloar with Waterloo Fire Rescue, which also provides fire protection to the Elk Run Heights community. The numbers can be used to calculate the cost of property insurance. The last time the city was reviewed, in 2012, the city received a 3. Only 1,324 of more than 43,500 municipal fire protection areas in the country attained the 2 rating in 2018. According to the ISO documents, 5 is the most common rating. Only 241 communities were rated 1.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Authorities try to link human remains to missing La Porte City teen Jake Wilson

Storm clouds gathered and rain fell Thursday as the world learned that Jake Wilson, the autistic teen missing since April, is likely dead. Human remains found Tuesday at Wolf Creek were consistent with the 16-year-old, Police Chief Chris Brecher and Sheriff Tony Thompson said during a press conference inside the La Porte City fire station. “We have been able to confirm with the medical examiner’s office that we have found human remains in and around Wolf Creek at this time … We are confident that we are on the right path. We have had confirmation that what has been found is consistent with what we are looking for, and it’s also been consistent with one of the areas we were expecting to find items,” Brecher said.
Sioux City Journal

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