Rural Ocheyedan Family Homeless After Monday House Fire

Ocheyedan, Iowa — A rural Ocheyedan family is homeless after a fire caused extensive damage to the home they were living in.

Ocheyedan Fire Chief Dan Hartwig reports that about 7:45 Monday morning (10/22), fire crews were called to 6429 180th Street. Hartwig says that’s a mile south of the Ocheyedan Mound and a quarter mile east.

When they got there, Hartwig says they saw flames coming out of the bedroom window and a lot of smoke. He says they used water to fight the fire, and foam on the insulation.

The home, owned by Sunrise Farms, sustained extensive damage. The chief estimates the damage may be in the $80,000 range. The cause is still unknown, but the chief thinks it may have been electrical in nature.

The May City Fire Department was also called for water. Hartwig thinks about 9000 gallons was used to fight the fire.

Fire crews were on-scene about two hours and twenty minutes.

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