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Monday, August 3, 2020

Coralville apartment fire causes damage, man escapes unit safely

Nobody was hurt in a fire that caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to an apartment building in Coralville, according to fire department officials. At around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the Coralville Fire Department was sent to a report of a fire at 922 Boston Way. Multiple people were inside the complex at the time the fire started, but all were able to exit without injury. The man who was in the apartment where the fire started was asleep, according to firefighters, but was awoken by a neighbor who yelled inside his window. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze in about 10 minutes. Damage from flames was contained to the originating unit, but smoke damage was seen in the rest of the building. Officials estimated total damage at around $150,000. Residents of the apartment were receiving assistance from the Red Cross. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Garage destroyed, three homes damaged in Waterloo fire

Fire destroyed a detached garage and spread to two nearby home early Sunday morning. Residents evacuated the homes, and no injuries were reported. “I heard the dog bark and that kind of woke me, and my husband could see a yellow light through our window, so he got up to look,” said Amy Schaefer, who lives next door to 1638 Lark Lane, where the fire broke out at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday “That garage was just engulfed,” she said. Schaefer gathered up their dogs, left the house and called 911. Flames spread to the side of her house at 1630 Lark and the back of 1638. Intense heat from the blaze melted the siding on the attached garage at 1642 Lark. Schaefer said she was impressed by the fire department’s quick response and the fact firefighters took extra steps to protect items inside her house while extinguishing the flames.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - Metered Site

Des Moines crews battle house fire

Des Moines firefighters responded to a house fire on East 21st Street. The fire was reported around 4 a.m. Monday. The district fire chief said no one was living inside the home and no one was hurt. He said the fire spread into the attic, so there's extensive damage. Crews were cleaning up and wrapping up their response early Monday morning. The chief didn't say what sparked the fire.
KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

Greene County Authorities Investigate Alleged Arson In Rippey

Greene County authorities continue an investigation into an alleged arson event on Thursday night and have requested arrest warrants against as-of-yet unidentified individuals in the case. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies and the Grand Junction, Rippey and Jefferson Fire and Rescue Departments responded to a house fire in the 600 block of 2nd Street in Rippey at approximately 11:52 p.m. on July 30. The house was a total loss and the initial investigation has pointed to arson. The occupants had moved out of the residence only a few hours prior to the fire, and a neighbor came forward, saying the occupants had told them they were going to light it on fire after they were out.
KCIM-AM 1380

Friday, July 31, 2020

Cedar Falls Compost Facility to Reopen Following Brush Fire

The City of Cedar Falls is providing an update on the brush fire at the Seasonal Compost Facility. The brush fire caused a temporary closure of the facility. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Both Cedar Falls Public Safety and Cedar Falls Public Works acted immediately to contain the fire to an isolated area. Because of the fire's initial size and complexity, it has been allowed to burn in order to decrease the intensity of smoldering smoke. City officials have been watching the area regularly throughout the week. The wind from the northeast this week has caused smoke to drift into Downtown and residential areas of Cedar Falls. It is being reported that in consultation with the Black Hawk County Health Department, residents with respiratory sensitivities should stay inside until the smoke dissipates in the coming days. The Iowa DNR is advised of the situation.
KWWL-TV NBC 7 Waterloo

Waterloo firefighters rescue cat from burning apartment

Waterloo firefighters rescued a cat from a burning apartment Thursday afternoon. The fire broke out on the stove in the upper apartment of 225 E. Mullan Ave. around 4:40 p.m., and flames spread to the rest of the kitchen, according to officials with Waterloo Fire Rescue. Residents were able to escape without injuries, and firefighters found the cat while searching the smoke-filled apartment. Crews kept the fire from reaching the two other apartments in the building. Fire damage was contained to the kitchen, but the rest of the upper level suffered heavy smoke and heat, fire officials said. The bottom apartments had water damage, and the American Red Cross was called to provide emergency shelter to all of the residents of the building.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - Metered Site

One Dies In La Porte City Accident

A single-vehicle fatal accident is under investigation in La Porte City. Authorities said a white box truck was discovered on its side resting against a tree in the 800 block of Commercial Street (U.S. Highway 218) on the southern edge of the city just after 5:30 AM Wednesday. According to La Porte City police, the first officer to arrive at the scene found the driver –- and lone occupant -- unresponsive inside the vehicle. Officials said the driver died after being extricated from the vehicle by La Porte City firefighters. Authorities did not immediately identify the victim. In a press release, La Porte City police said their initial investigation indicates the truck was going north when the driver went off the pavement and lost control of vehicle. The vehicle overturned, then struck the tree. La Porte City police and firefighters were assisted by Black Hawk County sheriff's deputies, Waterloo Fire Rescue and the Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

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