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Friday, July 30, 2021

One person hospitalized after fire at Davenport apartments

Medic EMS transported one person to the hospital after a fire at Heritage Apartments in Downtown Davenport on Wednesday, July 28. The Davenport Fire Department responded just before 10:30 p.m. to fire alarm activation. Once on scene, crews saw there was a fire in a unit on the third floor. The building's sprinkler system was able to extinguish the fire, but there was a lot of smoke and water still inside. Crews evacuated the building, shut down the sprinkler system and removed the water and smoke. The Red Cross was called in to help five people, but just the one was taken to the hospital. In all, 19 crew members responded and the fire department was on scene for about 3 hours.
WQAD-TV ABC 8 Davenport

Fire Totals Unoccupied House Near Boyden

A house was totaled in a fire early on Thursday, July 29, 2021, near Boyden. According to Boyden Fire Chief Chris Starkenburg, about 4:45 a.m., the Boyden Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire at 3365 Jefferson Avenue, a mile west and a mile and two-thirds south of Boyden. The chief says the fire department saw small flames from the front door area as they approached the scene. He says they tried to fight the fire first by an interior attack, but firefighters soon found out that the floor just inside the front door was burned out, so they switched to a roof approach to fight the fire. Starkenburg says no one was living there at the time, and no injuries were reported. The Hull Fire Department assisted, by providing a tanker and manpower, according to the chief. He says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
KIWA-FM 105.3 Sheldon

Des Moines siblings survive carbon monoxide leak

VIDEO: A Des Moines brother and sister are lucky to be alive thanks to the quick thinking of a firefighter, a dispatcher and an electric company who rescued them from a near-deadly carbon monoxide leak. The siblings Reda Stajcar and Kenny Ayers were beyond grateful their lives were saved by their heroes when carbon monoxide levels peaked at 220 parts per million. On Thursday, the brother and sister honored Des Moines firefighters, MidAmerican Energy and ADT Emergency Dispatcher Kathy Taylor for saving their lives. Taylor actually flew 1,000 miles from Florida to meet Stajcar and Ayers in person. The siblings honored the Des Moines Fire Department with $5,000. Stajcar described the scary moments before the rescue. "At first I just thought it was something, something wasn't right. Something tripped off my alarm," she said.
WOI-TV ABC 5 Des Moines

Three ejected from car in Interstate accident near Norwalk

Three people are suffering from critical injuries after they were "possibly" ejected from a car that rolled over on Interstate 35 near Norwalk Thursday afternoon, according to the Norwalk Fire Department. Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday is when the Norwalk Fire Department was dispatched to the crash in the northbound lanes of I-35 near the 60 mile marker. "It was quickly learned that there were three patients that had possibly been ejected from a single vehicle that rolled over," says the press release from the fire department. Warren County Sheriff's deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers arrived at the scene to request additional ambulances and air medical support. Two of the three in the crash were airlifted to a Des Moines hospital for treatment. They were in critical condition, according to the fire department.
WOI-TV ABC 5 Des Moines

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Clarinda volunteer firefighters get increased stipend

Clarinda’s volunteer firefighters will be getting a slight raise in the annual stipend they receive from the city. Meeting in regular session Wednesday, the Clarinda City Council approved a resolution authorizing a stipend increase and a revision to the table of organization for the Clarinda Volunteer Fire Department. City Manager Gary McClarnon says the increase was budgeted for back in January and is included in the city’s budget for this year. "The last time this was actually updated was March of 2000," said McClarnon. "Their stipends during that time have not changed. We have allowed (Fire Chief) Roger (Williams) flexibility to change those amounts as long as he stays within the total budget with people based on their performance and number of calls that they attended. I tried to spell all that out as much as I could."
KMA AM-960 & FM-99.1 Shenandoah

Firefighters resuscitate dog found in burning Waterloo home

Firefighters pulled a dog from a burning house Wednesday night. Crews with Waterloo Fire Rescue located Roscoe, age 6, unconscious inside the smoke-filled home at 811 Burbank Ave. Firefighters used oxygen to resuscitate the dog, said Battalion Chief Ben Petersen. The dog was walking around within minutes. The fire apparently started in the kitchen while the residents were away and spread into the ceiling, Petersen said. They returned home and found the place filled with smoke. Firefighters extinguished the flames in the kitchen area, but the rest of the house suffered heavy smoke damage, displacing the family of five.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - Metered Site

Cedar Rapids Fire Department Fire Bowl beneficiary hopes to reduce the infant mortality rate

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department annual volleyball tournament, The Fire Bowl, is taking place on August 14. This year’s benefitting foundation is Knox Blocks. “To be recognized, and to be a part of fire bowl... to be chosen, you know, as the recipient of this fundraiser that they put on it’s, it’s a huge, huge honor,” said Elisha Palmer, one of the founders of Knox Blocks. Knox Blocks began in 2017 after Elisha Palmer and her husband lost their 3.5-month-old son Knox to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Knox went down for a nap at daycare and never woke up. “As I’m turning, the paramedics are turning right in front of me with lights sirens on. And as I pull up behind them, and they’re getting out of the vehicle, that La Porte City Sheriff was carrying him out,” said Elisha Palmer.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Primghar Ambulance Alum Gives $5000 Donation Toward New Ambulance

The Primghar Community Ambulance Team has been raising funds for the purchase of a new ambulance. The members are thanking one of their former members for a recent large donation toward the cause. Jeremy McClaren with the ambulance team tells us about the current ambulance and their quest to get one to replace it. According to McClaren, they have received a large donation recently. He says they hope to have the new ambulance by early 2022.
KIWA-FM 105.3 Sheldon

Follow Up: Atlantic Middle School will not be occupied following fire

Students and staff of the Atlantic Middle School will be “Unable to occupy [the building] for the foreseeable future,” according to Atlantic School District Superintendent Steve Barber, while mitigation strategies related to a fire that occurred Tuesday, are under way. That was the consensus among mitigation inspectors following a fire that caused an estimated $875,000 damage to the roof that was under repair, and water damage to a good portion of the building. The price mentioned was the bid for Phase I mitigation from FirstOnSite Property Restoration, which the School Board approved during the emergency session. Phase I includes the removal of the water and deodorization of the structure. The District’s deductible is $5,000. The School Board held an Emergency Meeting 8-p.m. Wednesday, to act on bids for the mitigation of fire-related damages.
KJAN AM-1220 & FM-101.1 Atlantic

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