UPDATE: Building being torn down; Burlington St. still closed

Published: Mar. 5, 2019 at 3:25 PM CST
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UPDATE: 3-8-19

The 100 block of E. Burlington Street is now expected to remain closed into Sunday and will impact downtown traffic.

The street is closed between Clinton St. and Dubuque St.

Iowa City says the construction project damaged by fire is currently being torn down, and the immediate site is being cleared. Reopening the block is dependent upon weather conditions.


Fire officials say they have traced the cause of the fire to a 10' X10' warming tent on the construction site.

According to a news release from the Iowa City Fire Department, the investigation found the fire started in a third-floor room on the north side of the building.

The room was being used as a temporary warming area for subfloor adhesives, which are combustible. The tent housed several cases of the adhesives and a radiant heater. The heater was fueled by an LP tank outside the tent.

Somehow, the heater came into contact with the combustibles in the tent and started a fire. Then, flames grew as the LP tank started to vent until it exploded. Strong winds fanned the flames, which spread through the structure.

The initial loss is estimated $1,000,000.



NEW: Video of the construction site fire in downtown Iowa City at the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets, sent to us by viewer Chuck.

Posted by KCRG-TV9 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A building under construction is on fire in downtown Iowa City.

Fire crews are responding to a fire at a construction site on the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets. Flames were seen shooting from the building Tuesday afternoon.

The fire erupted at the site of the Hodge-Hieronymus Square development, which would feature two, 7-story towers with hotel, office, retail, and apartment space.

A worker was in the operation part of the crane, but is considered safe at this time by fire department officials.

Traffic along Burlington Street was affected by fire trucks in the roadway.

This is a developing story. We have crews on the way.