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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fire Destroys Vacant Church in Red Oak

A massive fire destroyed an old vacant church in Red Oak Monday afternoon. Red Oak Fire Chief John Bruce tells KSOM/KS95 News firefighters were dispatched to 611 East Coolbaugh at around 4:00 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from the vacant church. “The arriving engine reported heavy smoke coming from the building,” stated Chief Bruce. “Fire Fighters attempted an interior attack from the front doors and encountered a massive fire at which point they had to switch to a defensive operation and had to fight the fire from the outside.” Chief Bruce says ultimately magnitudes of agencies were called in to assist due to the massive size of the building.
KSOM-FM 96.5

Bettendorf to vote on ordinance limiting fireworks use

Bettendorf will be the first Scott County city to begin the process of curbing fireworks use. Its City Council will vote Tuesday on the first reading of an ordinance that imposes stricter restrictions on their discharge. The ordinance, which will be similar to ones enacted in Scott County and Davenport, will limit use to three days over the year. After discussion over the summer, the three governing bodies came to a consensus to limit use on July 3 and 4 from 2-11 p.m. and December 31 from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. "From a consumer fireworks standpoint, setting forth the three dates for use was key and something we worked with Davenport on coming to an agreement on," City Attorney Chris Curran said during Monday's committee-of-the-whole.
Quad-City Times

Children, adults partake in Mason City Fire Department’s annual open house

Dozens of children and adults made the Mason City Fire Department’s annual open house a success Sunday afternoon. The open house, a fun and educational experience for all ages, offered residents the opportunity to meet local firefighters; get a close-up look at the department’s fire trucks, fire hoses and other equipment; watch demonstrations and learn more about other area public safety organizations. It concluded National Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 8-14. During the week, fire department personnel visited schools, provided tours and educated the public about fire prevention.
Mason City Globe-Gazette

Monday, October 16, 2017

Ottumwa fire chases family out of apartment

A Monday morning house fire on Davis Street has chased an Ottumwa family out of their home. One of the tenants, Ressa Mason, told KTVO she was upstairs when she heard the fire alarm go off. She saw smoke and flames coming from the back of the house, so she grabbed her grandson and ran out. Everyone made it out OK, but Mason and her family might have to find another place to stay. Firefighters told her most of her belongings have mostly smoke damage. Investigators were not available at the scene to say what caused the fire.

Cause of Dubuque fire likely electrical

Firefighters are battling a house fire in Dubuque this morning. Flames could be seen from a second story window along the 1000 block of Rhomberg Avenue. Dubuque's Fire Chief says crews are tearing down second floor walls of a Dubuque home to get to the fire in the attic porch. Rick Steines says they believe the fire started there just after 6:30 this morning. Crews arrived just a couple of minutes after the call was made. He says someone inside made the call, saying they saw smoke on the second floor. He doesn't know how many, but Steines said everyone inside the home got out safely, and no injuries have been reported. They don't know the cause of the fire. The Farley Fire Department also assisted with the fire.
KWWL-TV NBC 7 Waterloo

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