Iowa City and Marion Fires Spark Serious Damage But No Injuries
The good news is, no injuries were reported in either case, but two home fires were reported within a few hours of each other in Eastern Iowa Sunday causing extensive property damage. The first incident happened in Iowa City at around 12:51 p.m as crews were called to 120 Potomac Drive.
Despite being contained to an attic and storage area, it caused $50,000 in damage to a home at that address. This fire was extinguished in 23 minutes but took the collaboration of multiple agencies and departments, including Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Joint Communication Center and MidAmerican Energy as well as the work of several off-duty firefighters.
Later, at around 3 p.m. Sunday, a separate blaze occurred in Marion and has the Marion Fire Department still investigating. According to a press release, the fire, at 2895 15th Ave. was controlled and put out within an hour.
All residents and pets escaped unharmed and the structure fire is still under investigation. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents with temporary housing and Cedar Rapids Fire Department also provided assistance. As we learn more about each of these fires we will keep you up to date.
KCRG reports the fire started in the basement level of the structure.