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Two Iowa City residents rescued from fire

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 09, 2011 7:20 AM

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Firefighters from the Iowa City Fire Department saved two locals from a second-floor blaze.
According to an Iowa City press release, on Wednesday, Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a building on fire at 2401 Highway 6 E., the Dolphin Lake Enclave.

Once firefighters arrived, they were informed that two residents were visible in the second-floor window. While officials were waiting for additional units to respond, they quickly placed a ladder by the second-floor window and began rescuing occupants. A third occupant escaped without assistance.

The fire was brought quickly under control once other units arrived. The fire lasted approximately 30 minutes and was contained to the room of origin. There were no injuries to either the residents or fire fighters.

Officials later concluded the incident as an accidental fire. Investigators said the fire was caused by cooking oil that ignited during unattended cooking.

Damage to the building is estimated at $10,000.

The Fire Department was supported in its efforts by the Johnson County Ambulance Service, the Iowa City police, and the American Red Cross.

— by Brittany Till


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