UPDATE: Charles City Police tell us 27-year-old Joshua Nelson died in the fire. He lived in the building.
Officials also say the home is estimated to be a total loss.
CHARLES CITY, Iowa – An apartment fire in Charles City turns deadly on Monday, after fire crews discover a body inside the building. More than a half dozen emergency crews respond to the fire at an apartment building at 303 5th Avenue just before 3pm. When the crews arrived they found a fully engulfed front porch and front entryway.
Strong, gusty winds made the fire spread very quickly. When most of the fire was knocked down, an interior search began, and crews discovered a person died inside one of the apartments. That person was transported to Floyd County Medical Center by ambulance. The name of that person is not being released at this time.
Investigators believe the fire started because a cigarette was not fully extinguished and it caught a piece of furniture on fire on the porch. The home was heavily damaged by fire, smoke, and water. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but at this time is likely due to discarded smoking material.
The Charles City Fire Department will continue to monitor the structure through the evening for any other possible flare-ups.
The Charles City Fire Department was assisted by the Charles City Police Department, Floyd Fire Department, Colwell Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Floyd County Search and Rescue, Floyd County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, MidAmerican Energy, and the Floyd County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Charles City, IOWA – Crews in Charles City are battling a large house fire. It sparked in a large home that is decades old and is now used as apartments at 303 5th Avenue. Firefighters who arrived on scene first found the front of the building up in flames. Fire officials say it started on the front porch in a couch and was caused by a cigarette that wasn’t fully extinguished. There was one man in his 20’s who was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Crews had to work for several hours to put out the fire. Some of the flames did make it all the way up to the attic of the building. We’ll have more details on KIMT as we learn more