Iowa News

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Keokuk Fire Department Responds To Rekindling Of Tumelty Apartments Fire

Fire crews responded to a Keokuk apartment building Wednesday — for the second time since a large fire was extinguished there early this week. According to Keokuk Fire Department activity reports, firefighters responded to the Tumelty Apartments on High Street shortly after 9:00 on Wednesday morning, to a report of a possible rekindling of the fire that was extinguished Monday night. When they arrived firefighters found smoldering insulation in an upstairs apartment.
KBUR-AM 1490

Lost Cedar Falls fishermen rescued from Iowa lake

A Cedar Falls man and his teenage son are home safe after they became lost while fishing and spent the night in George Wyth State Park. The rescue effort, which kicked off Wednesday morning, included police officers sounding sirens and concluded with a ride in a fire department rescue boat. The two, Thomas Frazier Sr., and son, Martel, weren’t injured. The father said he had been fishing at Wyth’s Brinker Lake before, but this is the first time they had set out in the newly expanded north pool that had been part of a quarry operation.
Mason City Globe-Gazette

Officals host firework safety training

VIDEO: Firework safety training hosted by Fire Marshal and TNT representative. At lease one person in Iowa has already been hurt because of a firework accident. Officials held a training on Wednesday to teach people the importance of firework safety. "Instances have happened in the past where people are driving around and setting them off from their cars or setting the fireworks at the cars," said Trooper Alex Dinkla of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
WOI-TV ABC 5 Des Moines

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Officials identify woman killed in Algona house fire

Officials have identified the woman who was killed in an Algona house fire early Tuesday morning. Jessica Lierley Southard, of Des Moines, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Kossuth County Sheriff's Department. Karen Lierley, of Algona, was injured. Her condition wasn't immediately available Wednesday. The other occupant of the house was Patrice Lierley, of Des Moines. The Algona Fire Department received a 911 call at 2:33 a.m. Tuesday reporting a house fire at 211 Brookridge.
Mason City Globe Gazette

University of Iowa officials: Fire, water damage to science building tops $1.5 million

VIDEO: Investigators have determined that an idle electrical extension cord is the most likely cause of a June 11 fire that resulted in at least $1.5 million in damage to one of the most heavily used research buildings on the University of Iowa campus. The investigation — overseen by the Iowa City Fire Department and UI fire safety coordinator — determined that the cause of the fire in the Bowen Science Building was accidental, according to a UI news release Tuesday.
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Fireworks Complaints means Cedar Rapids Council likely to revisit ordinance

Three weeks into the legal period for using fireworks in Cedar Rapids and some people say they’ve had it. The complaints of loud noises at all hours and more recently concerns about house and garage fires are mounting. Tuesday night at Balloon Glow, Dan Alpers encouraged friends and neighbors to seek out their state and local lawmakers at summer events and give them an earful, “ I think we absolutely made a huge mistake. There’s really no reason to allow something like this, it’s fruitless. Last night somebody blew up their garage, enough said. I just want life back to normal where my dog isn’t bounding off the floors.”

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