They’d heard about the health department warnings but saw no evidence of anyone living in the building in recent years. A health inspector said they believe the violators may have just been unaware of the law and took the order to move out seriously. And it’s a good thing, Miller said. The fire started about midnight, when people could have been sound asleep.
Another, more financial benefit: Iowa is a state that requires insurance companies to set aside a portion of any settlement so the city itself does not have to pay for the cost of demolition.