Calmar, Iowa – A house fire in Calmar was reported around 5 a.m. yesterday, which was likely caused by lightning during the early morning thunderstorm on Wednesday.
The Calmar Fire Chief said the residents were safely evacuated. Crews from Calmar, Decorah, Fort Atkinson and Ossian were able to contain the flames to the attic portion of the house, where the fire started.
He reported that crews had to cut through the ceiling and roof to get at the flames because the attic door was too small to accommodate the firefighters air packs.
The remainder of the home suffered smoke and water damage. The house was occupied by the owner, who also rented out other rooms throughout the home.
Residents of the home are staying with friends and family until repairs can be completed.