Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City Fire Department responded to an odor of smoke in a residence at 611 Clinton Street that activated their smoke alarms Thursday morning around 8:08AM.
Fire Chief Eric Whipple says that upon arrival, it was noted that there was smoke coming from the roof of the home, and the residents were evacuated. Firefighters removed a small part of the ceiling of the second story of the home to get to the area that the fire affected, that was identified with the department’s thermal imaging camera.
Fire damage was minor, and smoke and water damage was very minimal. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it is believed to be due to a lightning strike to the residence this morning. Firefighters remained on scene for overhaul for about an hour and a half.
One firefighter was transported by AMR ambulance to Floyd County Medical Center’s Emergency Department for a medical issue, and was treated and released. No other injuries were reported at the scene of the fire.
The home is owned by Guy Bucknell according to the Floyd County Assessors GIS website.
Assisting the CCFD at the scene was Colwell Fire Department, Floyd Fire Department, Charles City Police Department, AMR Ambulance, Floyd County Search and Rescue, Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, and MidAmerican Energy.