Woman found dead after Sioux City house fire

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 11:51 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2022 at 12:33 PM CDT
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Firefighters say a woman was found dead after a house fire on Sioux City’s west side.

Sioux City Fire Rescue says at about 11:20 a.m. they were sent to 1415 Ross Street for a fire. When crews arrived, firefighters say they saw smoke coming from the two-story house. When they entered the building, firefighters found a fire in the main floor living room and quickly extinguished it.

“We had a report of smoke coming from this home by somebody driving by. Our crews arrived, entered the structure, encountered heavy smoke and heat from the fire,” said Kevin Keleher, an assistant fire chief for SCFR.

Initially, Keleher told KTIV that no injuries had been reported. Only that two dogs were in the house when the fire broke out. One of the dogs was found dead by firefighters, but the other survived.

When conditions improved, investigators entered the house and began looking for the cause of the fire. But while investigating, they found a deceased adult female in the living room. What caused her death has not been reported at this time.

“The fire department responds, looking for priorities of life and they’re looking for anybody inside that they can rescue. Now, given the circumstances, as I understand, there was a lot of smoke and a lot of debris inside the residence. It was difficult for them to locate the body of this person that had clearly been deceased for a while, whether before the fire after the fire,” said Sgt. Jeremy McClure with the Sioux City Police Department.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. But because of the death, the Sioux City Police Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office are joining the investigation.


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Firefighters were sent to a house fire Tuesday morning on Sioux City’s west side that resulted in the death of a dog.

The fire was reported before 11:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Ross Street.

Two dogs were inside the house at the time of the fire. One of the dogs survived, but the other did not. Firefighters at the scene say the residents were not at the house when the fire broke out.

A person that lives in the neighborhood tells KTIV that at one point a large amount of smoke was coming from the house. What caused the fire is still under investigation.

This is a Developing Story. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available.

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