Authorities: Primghar Unoccupied House Fire “Suspicious”

Primghar, Iowa — A house was destroyed in a fire on Friday, February 10, 2023, near Primghar, and authorities are wondering how it started.

According to Primghar Fire Chief Gary Lansink, at about 2:25 a.m., the Primghar Fire Department was called to the report of a structure fire at 3730 Roosevelt Avenue, a mile west and a mile and a half north of Primghar.

The chief says the fire department saw the house fully engulfed in flames, with the roof already collapsed into the basement as they approached the scene. He says the house had been unoccupied. Since it was so far gone, there was nothing they could do to save it, so they let it burn. Lansink says it wasn’t close to any other buildings and the wind was just right, so they just stood by as it burned.

Lansink says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is under investigation. He notes that he and law enforcement believe it is a little suspicious. He says they did find tire tracks at the scene.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for 45 minutes to an hour.

Lansink says if you have any information as to how the fire might have started, please call the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-957-3415.


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