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Three more fires over the weekend

February 13, 2012
BY DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Fire devastated yet another building in Marshalltown Sunday morning.

With the investigation of last week's catastrophic fire at 135 E. Main St. still underway, firefighters had their hands full over the weekend with another trio of fires - a dumpster fire on Saturday and two house fires on Sunday, according to a Marshalltown Fire Department press release.

The worst of the fires broke out Sunday around 10 a.m. at 406 W. Madison St. The blaze consumed the building and left the two residents, who managed to flee the home, injured and having to be transported by ambulance to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, according to the release.

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When firefighters arrived, heavy fire and smoke seeped from the building's front. The crew pushed into the building to extinguish the flames - which had begun to extend up the walls to the ceiling, but were rebuffed by the fire's intensity and forced to exit. During the struggle to get the disaster under control, the second floor of the home collapsed into the first floor.

The building is considered a total loss. The fire investigators have been unable to determine a cause at this time, but the investigation continues.

Combustible items left on the stove at 206 1/2 Third Ave. left the upper apartment of the two-story duplex with $5,000 in damages. Once the apartment had been ventilated for smoke, firefighters found three dead cats. A dog and cat that survived were turned over to the Animal Rescue League, according the release. No one was home at the time of the fire.

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The Marshalltown Fire Department works to contain a house fire that started around 10 a.m. on Sunday at 406 W. Madison St. The home is a total loss; the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The fire department responded to two other fires over the weekend.

Firefighters also had to extinguish a dumpster fire that broke out at the rear of 201 N. Second Ave. Saturday at 1 a.m. No injuries were reported, according to the release, and the fire is also still under investigation. The fire department is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the fire department.

At press time, fire officials were unavailable for comment.

The Iowa Rivers Chapter of American Red Cross aided the victims from both fires.

Contact the Marshalltown Fire Department at 641-754-5723.



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