Ottumwa: Minor firefighter injuries as grass fire destroys home

  • Source: Ottumwa Courier
  • Published: 08/10/2017 12:12 AM

Three firefighters will be OK after they were injured in a fire Wednesday, but a rural home has been left in ruins. Though originally called in as a grass fire, the first Wapello County Rural firetruck to the 5500 block of Point Isabella Road saw there was a bigger problem; the residence was in danger. A call for help brought in dozens of firefighters; they fought for hours, but it was a losing battle. “The two biggest challenges were manpower and water,” said Tim Richmond, who is both a deputy fire chief for the county and the Wapello County Emergency Management coordinator.


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