The Spencer Fire Department battles large fire

Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 1:37 PM CST
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SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) - The Spencer, Iowa Fire Department was battling a large building fire at 200 Grand Avenue Sunday.

Our reporter on the scene said crews were called to the location at about 1 p.m. and the building itself houses small businesses and apartments.

According to the Spencer Fire Department, they were able to bring the fire under control but no cause has been identified. The fire department also said three people were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, those cases are believed to be minor as of right now.

The scene at 200 Grand Avenue is comprised of multiple businesses connected on the ground floor with apartments located on the second floor. The Spencer Fire Department said no businesses sustained fire damage, but several did sustain water damage.

“We started with an offensive operation, we’ve gone defensive based on the structural integrity, and we’ll just keep on working from there. As far as working together, tell me how many people want to come out in subzero weather and do this, we got a lot of great firefighters out here, so we appreciate it. And like I said we’ll just keep on operating until we put it out,” said Conyn.

The Fire Departments in Spirit Lake and Everly also responded to extinguish the fire. The Red Cross jumped in to help those displaced by the fire although it is unknown just how many are displaced at this time.

”We hope that we have gotten all of the folks accounted for that live in the apartments above the buildings, but we are still working on that. The Red Cross is here on scene like I said, helping in any way they can,” said Bomgaars.

Crews were on the scene for approximately 8 hours, and the fire is currently under investigation.