The Ottumwa Courier

February 12, 2014

Fire investigation continues in Fairfield

Courier staff writer

---- — FAIRFIELD — A fire in Fairfield on Tuesday has warranted an investigation, and the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

Residents living at the North Bay Apartments building on Pierce Avenue in Fairfield were evacuated due to a fire on Tuesday afternoon, and after initial investigations, it has been determined that more examination needs to be done, according to Fairfield Fire Department Chief Scott Vaughan.

He said that after investigations were done Wednesday by an insurance company it was determined that further searching for a cause would have to be done. A different investigation team will be coming on Monday to assist, Vaughan said, and although he said they haven’t found a cause, it is not believed to be suspicious.

The building houses eight apartments, and according to Vaughan, only one of them had significant fire damage with the other seven having minor smoke damage.

All of the residents were evacuated from the building during the blaze, and the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa was there to offer assistance.

According to Kara Kelly, Red Cross Regional Communications Officer, the Red Cross offered immediate need assistance to eight families, involving 10 adults and 10 children. Altogether they provided food, instant supplies, seasonal garments (hats and gloves), storage containers and coloring books and other toys for the children.

“Whatever their immediate needs are,” Kelly said.

Red Cross also offered shelter to the families that were not allowed to go back into their homes after the fire. Kelly said Red Cross was able to offer shelter to all of the families who wanted it for Tuesday night, but thankfully most were able to get back to their homes on Wednesday.

As for those who were not able to go back inside the apartment building Wednesday, Kelly said they will receive more assistance as needed. Once the families are able to get more settled, Red Cross will check back with them to make sure there are no other future needs that can be helped.

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