Orange City, Iowa — Orange City firefighters were able to prevent a house in Orange City from starting on fire on Thursday morning.
According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, the fire department was paged about 7:20 AM on Thursday, August 20th to the report of smoke in a house at 506 Third Street Southwest. He says law enforcement officials, who were first on the scene reported smoke coming out of the door when they got there.
The Alton Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance crew are automatically paged for any structure fire in Orange City so they responded as well. Vander Wel says that based on the report of smoke coming out of the house, he asked for the Sioux Center Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention Team to be paged as well.
However, when firefighters entered the home they found that a pan had been left on the stove by the woman who lives there, and it had smoked up the whole home. He says that the woman had evacuated the home. He says that when they knew the situation, he told the Sioux Center team that they could turn around and head back to their station.
Vander Wel says that the home sustained smoke damage but no structural damage, and no injuries were reported.