Late Sunday House Fire
Photo courtesy of the Le Mars Fire Department
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was on the scene of a house fire located at 16123 Hickory Avenue, nearly 11 miles west of town. The fire was reported Sunday evening at about 6:11 p.m. Fire officials were on the scene for more than three hours battling the blaze. The home is owned by Joe and Lisa Lehner. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says smoke could be seen soon after leaving Le Mars.
The home is adjacent to a country church, which allowed firefighters a staging area for their trucks and to shuttle water. Schipper describes the tactics used to fight the fire.
The flames were so hot and intense that it started to melt two vehicles that were at least 20 feet away from the main fire.
The family was operating their grill inside the garage and Schipper believes the grill was responsible for the blaze that destroyed the garage, breezeway, and kitchen area of the house.
The Le Mars Fire Chief says this fire started in the garage area, and he explains why garage fires are often times the worst type of fires.
There were no injuries related to the fire, but as Fire chief Schipper explains, two pet cats did perish in the fire. Schipper says many of the family's belongings that were inside cabinets, dresser drawers, and closets, were able to be salvaged, although it did sustained heavy smoke damage. Schipper estimates the damage at more than $100,000 and says the home may be listed as a total loss. The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was assisted at the scene by the Akron Fire Department, Le Mars Ambulance, Plymouth County Emergency Management, REC., and the American Red Cross.
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