Iowa News

Friday, August 12, 2022

Sioux City Fire Rescue respond to west side garage fire

Officials responded to a fire located in the west side of Sioux City Thursday afternoon. Sioux City Fire Rescue responded to a garage fire call located near W. 17th and Center Streets just after 12:30 p.m. Officials said flames and smoke were visible coming out of the garage and as of 12:51 p.m. when KCAU 9 reporter arrived at the scene smoke was still rolling out of the building. Fire damage to the structure is visible. According to officials, no one was home and they are currently unaware of any pets at home. The house was not hit, but the garage took on a bit of damage. No vehicles were in the garage at the time. There is currently no determined cause, but a city inspector has been called in to investigate. Sioux City Fire Rescue and Sioux City Police Department both responded to the call.
KCAU-TV ABC 9 Sioux City

Des Moines fire damages garage, cars

A garage and cars caught fire near the State Capitol late Thursday night. The fire happened in the 1500 block of Dean Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. The owner told authorities that there are two people living in the garage, however, the fire department didn’t find anyone inside the garage. Those people are still unaccounted for right now. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

Cedar Falls firefighters free dog pinned in semi rollover

Firefighters rescued a dog that was pinned in a semi cab after the truck overturned on a Cedar Falls interchange Thursday. Details weren’t immediately available but the semi was heading north on U.S. Highway 218 at the Iowa Highway 58 interchange when it rolled on its side, completely blocking the ramp. The driver wasn’t injured, but the dog, a passenger in the truck, had its leg trapped. Crews with Cedar Falls Fire Rescue used inflatable jacks to raise the cab enough to release the leg. Authorities took the dog to a nearby veterinarian to treat the injured leg. Firefighters handled a diesel fuel leak, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources were notified.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - Metered Site

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Controlled Burn Jumps Creek Before Being Extinguished By Orange City Firefighters

The Orange City Fire Department was called out for a fire on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, on the north edge of Orange City. According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, at about 11:40 a.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a controlled burn that went out of control and jumped the creek at 1001 7th Street Northwest (the old Christmas tree farm) in Orange City. The chief says the fire department saw grass and trees on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used 1-inch forestry hose to put out the fire, but it was somewhat difficult to access as it was on both sides of the creek. Vander Wel says no injuries were reported. The fire department was assisted by the Alton Fire Department, who brought a water tanker. Chief Vander Wel reports that the damage was limited to about a half-acre.
KIWA-FM 105.3 Sheldon

Paullina EMS crew gets updated ambulance

The Paullina Ambulance Service has a new set of wheels and recently put it to use for its first patient transport in the southern O’Brien County community. Service director and emergency medical technician Lauri Struve completed that transport Sunday night. “It feels pretty good. It’s different,” said Struve, who added the previous vehicle predated her 11-year tenure serving on the emergency medical services organization. The EMS team purchased the used vehicle from the Granville Fire and EMS Association and switched it into service in early July. “It’s not a brand-new ambulance, but it’s new to us,” Struve said. The new ride was supposed to transfer ownership from Granville EMS to Paullina Ambulance in December. However, there was a delay stemming from Granville buying a used ambulance from Moville, a city which in turn was waiting for its new ambulance to arrive.
Northwest Iowa

Ainsworth adds off-road vehicle to fire fleet

The Ainsworth Fire Department has added a UTV to its fleet. The vehicle is equipped with a skid unit, as well as a water tank and pump, additions Fire Chief Waylon Schultz said would make it pivotal in rural rescues and fighting grass fires. “Especially in the spring months when it’s really wet outside, a lot of the times our fire trucks can’t drive out in the field in soft spots because they’re too heavy and will get stuck,” he said. “UTVs are lighter, so you can drive in the wet areas without getting stuck, and put the fire out.” Schultz said the equipment was much-needed. While the department typically handles 3-4 grass fires annually, he said it responded to as many as 26 in one particularly dry year. Previously, the department responded to those with one pickup truck, and otherwise on foot.
Southeast Iowa Union - Metered Site

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