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FIRE IN MUSCATINE, FEB. 11, 2019

A house fire at 11:36 a.m. Monday was quickly extinguished by the Muscatine Fire Department. The Fruitland Fire Department assisted. No one was hurt, but there was an estimated $25,000 in damage to the structure. 

MUSCATINE — A house fire in Muscatine just ahead of noon left no one injured  Monday. An ambulance remained at the scene, 20 minutes after the fire, with no apparent activity as the fire department went about wrapping up its work at the single-family rental property at 1919 Demorest Ave. 

Upon arrival, crews found fire coming from a second story window, according to the fire department's news release. Crews knocked down the main body of the fire  in that room in a matter of minutes and then continued to overhaul the rest of the residence  to ensure the fire was completely out, the fire department said. 

There was damage throughout about half of the second floor and heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of that floor. The first floor had smoke and water damage. 

The scene investigation is finished, but there is no information available as to cause at this point in time. Direct fire and smoke loss estimate is approximately $25,000, with about $15,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. The American Red Cross was called to assist the three residents.

A nearby neighbor said a family lived in the home, and it was the second fire in the two-block area since Christmas.

The fire was about two blocks away from the GPC plant in Muscatine in the Southend neighborhood. 

Assisting the Muscatine Fire Department was the Fruitland Fire Department and the Muscatine Police Department. Approximately 18 fire fighters responded to the scene, including some off-duty personnel. 

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