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Early Morning Burlington Fire - Update

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Update Jan. 3, 2014:  

The Burlington Fire Department says the cause of a fire at an apartment building on Jan. 1, 2014 is still being investigated; however, the fire scene has been released to the owner. All six units of the building were occupied. The building, valued at $60,000, is considered a total loss. 

The investigation has revealed there were 10 people staying in the building at the time of the fire. Six of them were able to escape and four others had to be rescued and taken to the hospital.

At least two of the apartments had working smoke detectors. Two of the occupants are credited with trying to alert the other tenants about the fire.

Original Post Jan. 1, 2014:

At 03:12 am on January 1, 2014, the Burlington Fire Department was called to an apartment fire at 1115 Vine Street.  Initial reports are that there were occupants trapped inside.  Firefighters arrived 5 minutes later to find heavy smoke showing from all openings in the structure.  Firefighters, and on scene police officers, were able to evacuate the building.  4 of the building's occupants were treated at the scene and transported to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. 

The 6 unit apartment building, owned by Dennis Wilson, sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.  Damage estimates are still being assessed.   Details of the fire as well as the cause are still under investigation.

8 Burlington firefighters responded initially and 10 off duty firefighters were called in.  West Burlington Fire Department also responded on automatic aid with 9 firefighters.  2 Burlington firefighters were injured while fighting the fire, 1 treated and released from Great River Medical Center.

The investigation is being conducted by the Burlington Police and Fire Departments as well as the Iowa State Fire Marshal's office.

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KWQC was on the scene of a fire on New Years Day in Burlington. The call came in around 3:12 a.m. as an apartment complex was on fire.

The complex had five units and each unit had fire in them.

Initially, two people were trapped but were able to get out and were taken to an area hospital. Two firefighters were also injured when they went into the building.

A ceiling collapsed on one of the fire fighters and he was treated at the scene.

It took a crew a couple hours to put out the fire and the cold conditions made it difficult to get under control. We will have more in our news at 5 and 6.

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