UPDATE: Leeds home owner says fire likely started near electrical outlet
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
As authorities continued to investigate the exact cause of a fire that ripped through 4436 Van Buren Street, the home's owner, James Brummond, told News Four on Saturday that the State Fire Marshal has indicated it likely started near an electrical outlet in the front of the home.
Brummond said the living room and an upstairs bedroom suffered the worst damage. However, the entire home has smoke and water damage.
The home is now red tagged. Brummond said it's too early to say whether the home can be saved. Right now he, his wife Dana, and their son are relying on family and friends to get back on their feet.
None of them were at home when the fire broke out around 2:30 on Friday. However there were three pets inside; two dogs and a cat. One of those dogs did parish. We caught Dana reunited with her other dog about an hour after firefighters arrived on the scene.
She told KTIV that she got the call from a neighbor at work. That neighbor lives far enough away that she said she knew if she could see the fire, it had to be a pretty big one. Neighbors said they were alerted by a man driving by, who called 911.
"Numerous calls came in about the fire. I believe it was mainly from the neighbors,” said Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph.
Aesoph was on the scene Friday evening, trying to determine what caused this fire. He said it could be a week, before he knows for certain.
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