Afternoon fire leaves home uninhabitable
Spencer firefighters spent three hours at the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon, battling a blaze that began in a basement bedroom.
Seventeen firefighters were dispatched 336 Seventh St. SW at 12:46 p.m., and upon arrival encountered heavy smoke coming from the residence. The fire team made entry and extinguished a fire in the basement, but the residence sustained extreme fire damage to the basement bedroom and structural members of the first floor. The remainder of the home suffered heat and smoke damage.
Occupants were unable to return home and the American Red Cross provided assistance to the owners and occupants.
An investigation discovered the point of origin in the basement bedroom, but the cause of the fire remained undetermined at press time.
The home owners insurance agent was on scene but no loss estimate was available.
Assisting the Spencer Fire Department at the scene were Spencer Hospital paramedics, Spencer Police Department, Clay County EMA and the Spencer Street Department.