A home that was undergoing renovations in the Iowa City recently suffered a major setback. According to a public statement from the Iowa City Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched the afternoon of Sunday, October 4, to a one-and-a-half story single family residence in the city.
The first unit arrived on the scene within five minutes of the initial emergency call, with the first responders seeing smoke coming from the second story of the house. The owner of the house had exited the structure before the arrival of the fire department, which had the blaze under control within 11 minutes of arriving.
There were no injuries to either civilians or the firefighters. Damage from the smoke and the fire to the structure has been estimated to cost around $20,000. According to the press release, the home is currently going under some remodeling work, a project that will now need to be expanded after the incident.
A total of 17 firefighters were on the scene, along with responders from the Iowa City Police, Johnson County Ambulance and Mid-American Energy. The cause of the fire remains unknown to officials, but it is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal's office.
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