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Primghar Garage, House Damaged In Fire

Primghar, Iowa– A garage and attached house were damaged in a fire on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Primghar.
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According to Primghar Fire Chief Gary Lansink, just before 10:10 PM, he was in his home when he heard a pop. He looked out his window and noticed a glow and flames from an attached garage across the street from his home, and next to the Primghar Fire Station. Chief Lansink says he told his wife to call 911 and he ran across the street. He says the address of the home was t 320 Third Street Southeast.

The chief says when the rest of the firefighters arrived they attacked the fire from the garage with some firefighters cutting a hole in the roof. He says the fire appears to have started in crawlspace above the garage ceiling, and was sucked into house from an attic vent.

Lansink says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be electrical in nature but the cause is officially undetermined.

Chief Lansink reports that there was moderate structural damage to the garage and house. He says there was not much smoke damage.

He says they only used 75-100 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about midnight. However, about 5:50 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11th, the fire department was called back out to the house because some insulation had started on fire again after they thought it was out.

Meanwhile, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a car fire on Tuesday morning, about 9:40 a.m. However, according to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, a police officer had been able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. Eshuis says the fire appeared to have started in the dash of the vehicle and burned the interior of the car.

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