Sanborn Family Escapes House Fire; House, Garage Sustain Damage

Date posted - January 14, 2013

fireSanborn, Iowa — A Sanborn family is temporarily without a home after a house fire early Sunday morning (1/13), but their smoke alarms were all functioning, and woke them up.

Sanborn Assistant Fire Chief Scott Vogelaar says they were paged to a house fire about 3 AM Sunday morning. It was at 212 West Fourth Street in central Sanborn, the home of Kyle Carlson.

When the department got there, Vogelaar says they found heavy smoke, but not a lot of fire. He says the fire was contained to the garage, but the house did have significant smoke damage.

He says they fought the fire with two hose lines, and then to make sure they got all the fire, they pulled some ceilings down and removed some insulation. While they were doing that, he says they were also ventilating the building.

At this time, the assistant chief says the cause appears to have been electrical in nature. He says the fire started in the garage, possibly in an old fuse box.

All the occupants of the house were out by time they got there, but they were checked over by ambulance personnel just to make sure they were okay.

Vogelaar says damage was extensive. He says he would call the damage severe in the garage, but there was moderate smoke damage in the house.

The Sanborn Fire Department had about nine firefighters that responded. They also asked for help from the Sheldon Fire Company. They sent six firefighters. Vogelaar says Sheldon was basically called for an extra pumper and manpower.

Crews were on scene about 3 hours — until about 6 AM.

The assistant chief says the family is temporarily without a home, but he believes the family will be able to move back in.

According to Vogelaar, the Sanborn Police officer on duty that night actually called the fire in.

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