Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City Fire Department responded to a report of a porch and roof on fire at 611 Pfeiffer St. in Charles City at about 10:31PM Sunday evening.
Upon arrival, smoke and fire was seen coming from the home’s roof and attic area. Entry was made, and firefighters found that the fire was solely above the ceiling in the attic. CCFD firefighters attempted ventilating the roof, but fire had expanded across the home’s entire attic space, and having firefighters on the roof was a hazard to their safety. Firefighters inside the home tore down ceilings to extinguish the fire from inside the home. Seventeen Charles City firefighters responded to the fire with two engines, an aerial, and a command vehicle.
The residents, who were home at the time of the fire safely escaped, and no other fire-ground injuries were reported.
According to Floyd County Assessor online records, the home is owned by Jerry and Roxanne Redmond.
The fire remains under investigation, but the fire started outside near the front door, and may possibly be caused by improperly discarded smoking material. There was heavy fire damage to the attic and roof, and major water damage to the rest of the home. The Charles City Fire Department was back at the station and in service around 1:15AM.
The CCFD was assisted at the scene of the fire by the Charles City Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, AMR Ambulance, Floyd County Search and Rescue, and MidAmerican Energy.