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UPDATE: Life Lost In George House Fire

George, Iowa — One person is dead in the aftermath of a house fire that was reported shortly after midnight Sunday (February 4th) morning.

George Fire Chief Bill Sprock confirmed to KIWA that there was one person who perished in the blaze at a residence located on South Sydney Street in George.

Sprock says firefighters and equipment from eight area communities fought the fire. He says firefighters had to contend with human fatigue and freezing water due to the sub-zero temperatures at the time of the call.

In addition to the George Fire Department, firefighters and equipment from the Boyden, Little Rock, Rock Rapids, Doon, Matlock, Sheldon, and Sibley Fire Departments were all called on to help extinguish the flames.

Sprock said firefighters poured more than 50-thousand gallons of water on the blaze to extinguish the flames. Firefighters were initially on the scene for about seven hours, according to the Chief.

George Fire & Rescue was again called to the location around 10:15 Sunday morning, after a passerby reported that flames had reappeared in the burned-out residence.

Chief Sprock told KIWA that he could provide no further information pending an investigation into the blaze by the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office.


Original story posted at 7:56 am, 2/4/18

George, Iowa — Firefighters and equipment from eight northwest Iowa communities were called to battle a house fire in George overnight.

The George Fire Department was called to a fire at a residence on South Sydney Street in George during the wee hours of Sunday morning.

In addition to the George Fire Department, the call was put out for crews from Boyden, Little Rock and Rock Rapids to assist the George Department. Fire departments from Doon, Matlock, Sheldon and Sibley were also summoned to provide water and manpower to help battle the blaze.

We’ll bring you more information when it becomes available.



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