CHARLES CITY, IA — Firefighters are investigating a house fire Wednesday evening in Charles City.
According to a statement from Eric Whipple, with the Charles City Fire Department, rescuers were called to the home at 1803 Owen Street at 8:03 p.m. Firefighters arrived minutes later to find fire and smoke coming from the rear of the home. They had it mostly under control within 20 minutes, but remained on the scene putting out hotspots until 10 p.m.
Whipple says no one was home at the time, and there were no injuries. The home is owned by Basil Law, and rented by Tyicia Mims, who lives in the home with three children. The Red Cross is assisting those affected.
Early investigation shows the cause of the fire is most likely cooking materials igniting and spreading to walls. An estimated $60 thousand in damage was done to the home by smoke, fire, and water, Whipple says.