On April 7, 2013, at 6:17AM the Marshalltown Fire Department
responded to an apartment fire located at 105 North Center Street.
Upon arrival fire was visible from a third floor apartment in the southwest
corner of the structure. Heavy smoke was coming from the roof
in the same area. The apartment complex houses about 30 units.
The Marshalltown Police Department was on scene helping with
the evacuation of the units prior to our arrival. A hose line was stretched
to the 3rd floor and the fire was knocked down quickly.
The aerial truck was used to assist with extinguishment in the fire apartment
and then used to gain access to the roof for fire extension control.
The fire had spread from the apartment of origin to a void area between
the ceiling and roof. Additional fire personnel were called in to assist
in the removal of multiple layers of ceiling and roof decking.
A room to room search was conducted to make sure everybody had exited
the structure safely. All tenants did get out safely. Two injuries were reported.
One tenant was transported to the ER by ambulance with burns to their hands.
And a second person was transported for non fire related issues.
The cause of the fire is belived to be accidental but is still under
investigation at this time. Loss estimated at $75,000 to structure and contents.
The Marshalltown Fire Department was on scene for about 4 hours.
The fire department was assisted at the scene by the Marshalltown Police Department,
the Marshalltown Area Paramedic Service, Alliant Energy and the Red Cross.
All tenants were moved to a city building nearby for accountability
and to allow the Red Cross come and make arrangements as needed for food and shelter.