Hawarden, Iowa — A house was destroyed in a fire on Sunday, June 30, 2019, near Hawarden.
According to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen, about 11:25 p.m., the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire at 4954 Cleveland Avenue, four miles south, three east, and a half south of Hawarden. He says a passerby called in the fire.
The chief says the fire department saw the older, two-story house was fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used a defensive exterior attack to fight the fire.
Schiefen says it is an occupied home, but no one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.
The fire department was assisted by the Ireton and Akron Fire Departments, and the Hawarden Ambulance Squad.
He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.
According to the chief, the 45 to 50 firefighters who responded were on the scene for about two and a half hours.
Schiefen says he was told that the occupants of the home would be staying with family for the time being, and the Red Cross was contacted to see what help they could provide.