Iowa News

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cedar Rapids man identified after fatal fire

A family member tells TV9 a 57-year-old man has died after a fire at Shamrock Apartments in Cedar Rapids, Saturday morning. Crews headed to 222 Jacolyn Drive SW around 9:40 a.m. after receiving a report of a man trapped inside a burning apartment. Before emergency responders arrived, neighbors had gotten inside the unit and put out flames with extinguishers, according to authorities. Authorities transported the victim to University of Iowa Hospitals with severe burns. His cousin tells TV9 the man died there, Saturday afternoon. Cedar Rapids authorities have identified the man killed following Saturday's fatal fire. In a news release, Public Safety Communications Coordinator Greg Buelow said Thomas M. Jones, 57, of Cedar Rapids, had been identified as the victim. Jones lived at 222 Jacolyn Drive SW, apartment one.

Male body found inside car after Sioux City firefighters put out blaze

Authorities say a male body was found inside a car after Sioux City firefighters extinguished a fire that blackened it. The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Sunday inside a car parked outside a residence. The person's name hasn't been released. An autopsy has been scheduled. Police and fire officials are investigating the blaze and the person's death.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Ex-fire chief files civil rights complaint against Davenport, city administrator

Former Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Washburn has filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission accusing the city and City Administrator Corri Spiegel of harassment, sexual harassment and termination, with age and gender believed to be factors. Washburn filed the complaint Feb. 8, 2018. Washburn was terminated by Spiegel on July 27, 2017, three days after being placed on administrative leave. She appealed to the city Civil Service Commission on the grounds she was entitled to a job in the department commensurate with her civil service status. The commission ruled in her favor, a decision the city appealed to Scott County District Court. That case is pending.
Quad-City Times

Burger King in Muscatine sustains damage after fire Monday night

A Burger King in Muscatine has sustained approximately $25,000 in damages after a fire began near the roof of the building Monday night. The Muscatine Joint Communications Center received the call just before 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 that the Burger King was on fire. Upon arrival, crews found flames and smoke coming from the roof, in an area found later to be the vent of the kitchen hood. Crews were able to contain the fire and put it out within a few minutes. No injuries have been reported. The Muscatine Fire Department was assisted by the Muscatine Police Department and the Fruitland Fire Department. Approximately 11 firefighters responded to the fire.
KWQC-TV Davenport

One person hospitalized in Toledo apartment blaze

Anita Grocholski, 56, was identified by her neighbor as the occupant of a three unit apartment house at 207 East High Street in Toledo who was hurt in a fire early Saturday morning in Toledo. Grocholski was transported to UnityPoint Health, Marshalltown, by Toledo ambulance then transferred by Air Care to University Hospitals in Iowa City after fire broke out in her apartment early Saturday morning, Feb. 17. She was reported to have suffered 2nd degree burns and was in the burn unit.
Tama News-Herald and Toledo Chronicle

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two injured in overnight house fire in Waterloo

Two men were injured in an overnight house fire, one of three blazes that broke out in the city over the last 24 hours. The injured had minor smoke inhalation and minor burns and were released from UnityPoint-Allen Hospital after treatment, said Battalion Chief Mike Moore with Waterloo Fire Rescue. He said smoke alarms in the duplex at 420 Center St. woke the residents around 1:20 a.m. “Smoke alarms played a big part. That’s why people got out in time. In this case, had smoke alarms not alerted that occupant, we may have been pulling people out of windows. It would have been a matter of a few minutes and they wouldn’t have been able to get out the way they did,” Moore said.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Jesup fire chief files open records complaint against city

The Jesup fire chief has filed a complaint alleging the city is improperly refusing to release video of public officials talking about him after a council meeting. The Iowa Public Information Board voted Thursday to accept the complaint filed by Andy Trumbauer after the city declined to release the recording made in City Hall. This prompts an informal review that could lead to an investigation. Trumbauer named Mayor Larry Thompson and council members Dawn Vogel and Richard Mott in his complaint to IPIB. The issue involves a video recording system in City Hall, which was designed to record public meetings for viewing on the city website but also was recording functions unrelated to city government.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

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