Sioux Center, Iowa — An alert police officer may have saved a home from further damage from fire Friday night, April 15, 2016 in Sioux Center.
According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 9:40 PM, a Sioux Center Police officer radioed in a report of a working structure fire. The Hull and Sioux Center Fire Departments and the Sioux Center Ambulance Crew were paged to the home of Gary and Julie Schley at 211 Twelfth Street Southeast. That’s about four blocks north and two east of the Walmart corner, just south of the cemetery.
The chief says the fire department saw flames coming from the roof and smoke in the house as they approached the scene. He says they used a small amount of water on the roof and in the basement to fight the fire, and then carried burning items outside.
Van Holland says no injuries were reported. He says the fire appeared to be chimney fire. Chief Van Holland reports that there was moderate damage.
He says crews were on scene for about an hour.