Three people were able to safely escape a burning Des Moines home early Thursday morning and officials believe they know what caused the fire.
The residents of a home in the 1500 block of 17th Street were awakened by the fire just before 5:30 a.m. Lt. Jamie Sauter with the Des Moines Fire Department said they exited the home before firefighters arrived on the scene.
Smoke was coming from three sides of the home and flames were coming from one side of the home when fire crews got there, said Lt. Sauter. After attacking the flames from outside, firefighters were able to gain access to the inside of the home and knock down the fire.
Cpt. Chris Clement with the DMFD said it appeared the fire may have been caused by a space heater. He wasn’t sure whether there were any working smoke alarms in the home.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines
The North Liberty Fire Department is looking for a place to build a second fire station to assist with the city's increasing populations and number of calls.
The department says the goal of building a second station is to reduce response times, have space for modern, larger fire apparatus and to be good neighbors and community members.
The proposed station would improve service to growing response areas, including high-need facilities like the coming University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics campus and Keystone Place at Forevergreen, as well as serve events in Centennial Park and offer community space for things like CPR classes, school tours and even birthday parties.
KGAN-TV CBS 2 Cedar Rapids
After raising $1,642 last year ringing bells for the Salvation Army, Waterloo Fire Rescue will be volunteering again.
“To date, we’ve raised $69,799 in Red Kettle donations,” Major Martin Thies said in a news release. “Volunteers, like Waterloo Fire Rescue, are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries or shelter an individual for a night. With over $180,000 left before we reach our season goal, we’re hoping more volunteers will sign-up.”
Firefighters will be ringing bells on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hy-Vees on Ansborough Avenue and Logan Avenue.
They will also ring bells on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hy-Vee at Crossroads and the Fareway on San Marnan Drive.
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A Sioux City home caught fire Thursday morning with crews able to escort the occupants outside.
Sioux City Fire Rescue arrived at a structure fire on the 2500 block of South Palmetto Street in the early morning hours.
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Wilson told KCAU 9 that three people were inside the house and that crews were able to get them outside safely. He added that none of the occupants were injured.
Firefighters had to break through a ceiling to extinguish flames inside the house’s attic. Wilson says the location of the house presented some obstacles for his crew as they extinguished the fire.
“The house was in the rear of a primary house on the street, so we had to use the alleyway which is narrower for our bigger apparatus, kind of limited from access points,” Wilson said.
KCAU-TV ABC 9 Sioux City
An Iowa father is mourning the loss of his four sons, killed in a house fire on Nov. 16.
The boys were 12, 10, six and three years of age.
The grieving dad shared how he did all he could to try to save the boys, but he just was not able to make it to them.
John-Mikal McLuer Sr. said he wants the community to know he loves his boys to death.
McLuer battled the flames to try and get his four sons out of the house.
“I opened up the window, when I ripped the screen off, I believe I was blown out the window,” McLuer said.
His arms show the severe burns, evidence he did everything he could to try and save the boys.
“I tried to go back in the house again and the police officer grabbed me and said ‘Let’s go this way, let’s go to the ambulance,’” he said. “I was fighting with him and Ravan said, ‘No dad, they’re probably gone already.’”
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids
A payloader was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, near Inwood.
According to Inwood Fire Chief Troy Van Beek, at about 5:20 p.m., the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of a barn fire at 2301 240th Street, five miles east of Inwood.
The chief says when they got there, the fire department saw a payloader on fire near a compost building. He says the owner had been able to pull the burning payloader out of the building, averting damage to the structure. He says they extinguished the fire with water and made sure nothing was burning in the building.
Van Beek says no injuries were reported.
The Alvord and Doon firefighters were also paged to the scene, but Van Beek says they didn’t end up needing the assistance.
He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.
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