Maquoketa house torn down following fire

Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 10:34 PM CST
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MAQUOKETA, Iowa (KWQC) - A Maquoketa house was demolished Wednesday night after being deemed “unsafe” by firefighters due to a structure fire.

Maquoketa fire responded at about 4:13 p.m. to a house at the intersection of West Pleasant Street and South Niagara Street, according to the fire department in a media release.

The first floor had had heavy fire coming out the front windows and door when crews arrived according to the Maquoketa Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to enter the home and control the fire on the first floor, according to the fire department. Crews then said the ceiling was starting to fall and escaped the home.

Crews made another entry to the second floor, where the fire had extended into the second-floor ceiling, and crews noticed a very soft floor, officials said.

Officials said it was decided that the house was unsafe for crews to continue attacks from inside the home.

Crews attacked the fire from the outside and shortly after the roof collapsed, the fire department said.

The fire department said after several hours officials considered the building “unsafe” and began demolition. Officials said the excavator was brought for the safety of the firefighters.

Officials say no one was in the home at the time of the fire, and there are no reported injuries. They also rescued three dogs from the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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