Sibley, Iowa — A house, a garage, a pickup, and all contents were destroyed in a fire on Tuesday evening, August 4, 2020, in Sibley.
According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, about 7:30 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire at 415 Fifth Avenue in Sibley.
The chief says the fire department saw the garage was almost down as they approached the scene. When they got there, Huls tells us they found the interior of the house was fully involved in flame. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire. According to Huls, the fire in the garage extended into three floors of the house — the rafters, the main floor and the basement were all on fire. He says the fire also melted siding on a nearby house. The intense heat of the fire made it difficult to fight, says Huls. He tells us they went into a defensive posture right away and used copious amounts of water and foam to fight the blaze.
Huls says no injuries were reported. He says the occupants were home at the time, but they were alerted to the fire and went out to investigate and that’s when 911 was called.
The Sibley firefighters were assisted by the Ashton Fire Department.
He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but they know it started in the southwest part of the garage. Huls says he doesn’t think the pickup was the cause.
Chief Huls reports that the house, the garage, a pickup in the garage, and all contents were totaled in the fire.
He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene until 11:30 p.m.