Iowa News

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Woman escapes Council Bluffs house fire; two pets killed

VIDEO: A woman escaped a burning home in Council Bluffs Tuesday morning. Two pets died in the fire on High Street between 14th and 15th Avenue. The call went out at 7 a.m. Firefighters reported the house engulfed in flames as they arrived. One person was inside the house when the fire broke out. She got out safely. Two pets were killed - a dog and a cat. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department respond to ’major’ 1st Avenue fire

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to a “major fire” Monday that took place at around 3 p.m. at an apartment building, 4333 1st Ave. According to a news release, CRFD was dispatched to a report of a closet on fire at the multistory building. Heavy black smoke coming from the lower unit in the front of the building when firefighters arrived. Residents outside indicated that all occupants were out of the involved unit and the units on each side and above, according to the release. Firefighters made entry into the involved apartment and knocked the fire down, verified there was no one inside, and began removing wall and ceiling material checking for extension. Another engine company pulled a second line and extinguished the fire on the exterior of the building. The surrounding units were checked for occupancy and fire extension, but firefighters found neither.
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Marathon house fire tests Clarinda department

Clarinda firefighters waged an all-night battle against a pesky house fire. Clarinda's department was called to a fire at 514 West Main Street at around 11:30 Monday evening, and were at the scene for approximately seven hours. Clarinda Fire Chief Roger Williams tells KMA News smoke was pouring from the house upon their arrival. "When we arrived, there was heavy black smoke pouring from the second floor," said Williams. "So, we entered the structure, and tried to locate the fire, and we did locate the fire on the second floor. It burned in between the walls, the ceiling and floor--so, it was hard to get to." Williams says the fire proved elusive to firefighters.
KMA AM-960 & FM-99.1

Fire Damages Newton Apartment Building

Several people are out of a home after an apartment building caught fire in Newton Monday night. It happened at the Walnut Creek Apartments at 510 East 17th Street around 11:00 p.m. Newton, Baxter, and Kellogg fire departments all responded. When firefighters arrived, they noticed flames coming from the top floor of the apartments. Crews contained the fire to the top floor, but say the damage impacted everyone who lives there. “We were able to contain it to one apartment. We do have heavy smoke damage to the third floor and the other apartments. And we do have water damage coming down to the lower two levels,” said Newton Fire Marshal Mike Knoll.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

Monday, October 22, 2018

Earling fire chief dies while responding to fire

VIDEO: The firefighter who died while responding to a combine fire has been identified. According to Shelby County Emergency Management officials, 58-year-old Tom Henrich died Saturday afternoon after he fell ill while on a call. He was the Earling Fire and Rescue Department chief. KJAN Radio reported the fire was near Highway 37 and Hazel Road around 2:40 p.m. Saturday. Henrich's family said he was dedicated to them and fighting fires. Other area fire chiefs are also paying tribute to Henrich, who spent 30 years volunteering for Earling Fire and Rescue and 10 of those years as chief of the department. In Earling on Sunday, the flag at the fire station flew at half-staff.

Gov. Reynolds: ’Under my watch, your IPERS is safe. It will not change; it will be protected’

I want to talk about an important issue that has come up a few times over the course of this campaign, one that matters to those who dedicate themselves to public service —and that issue is protecting the IPERS system. IPERS stands for Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System. Every two to four years as we approach an election, you hear that we want to “take your IPERS away.” It couldn’t be further from the truth. To those state and local government employees who care deeply about this issue, let me be crystal clear: Under my watch, your IPERS is safe. It will not change; it will be protected; and you will have the retirement you were promised. Period.
Des Moines Register

Des Moines: Fire May Have Caused Structural Damage to Fleur Drive Bridge

A fire that broke out at a Des Moines homeless camp could cost the city a lot of money. The fire started underneath the Fleur Drive bridge Sunday afternoon. As a result, the southbound lanes of the bridge were closed off to drivers for several hours. Firefighters say the fire was easy to put out, but the flames may have damaged the bridge. “Since the fire was under the bridge and it was real close to the structural components of the bridge we are real worried about the structural integrity of the bridge itself. There are some pieces of the bridge impinged with the flames, so it could be damaged,” said Brad Ziezman, Acting District Chief with the Des Moines Fire Department.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

Pottawattamie County teen dies after being trapped in burning car

Western Iowa officials say a teenage girl has died after becoming trapped in her burning, crashed car. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office says deputies were sent to the scene of a crash Friday morning when 16-year-old ShyAnne Larsen, of Honey Creek, reported that her car had crashed and had caught fire. She told dispatchers she was unable to get out of the car. When deputies found the car several minutes later in a county road ditch near Underwood, the car was on its side and fully engulfed in flames. About five minutes later, firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, and Larsen's body was found inside the car.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

New Sharon Fire Department Responds to Hurricane Michael, in Need of Donations

VIDEO: The death toll continues to rise from Hurricane Michael, reaching 36 Saturday after a handful of Southern states were ravaged by the storm 20 days ago. The damage is still extensive, especially on the Florida panhandle, where the New Sharon fire department is heading next month to help pick up the pieces. “Mother nature is upset. We started this back in 2005 and the name of our group is first responders first,” New Sharon Fire Captain, and former Fire Chief Steve Gerard said. In the past 12 months this group of New Sharon volunteer firefighters has been to Texas, Des Moines, Pella, Marshalltown and North Carolina to help clean up following natural disasters.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

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