The Iowa City Fire Department responded to a building fire at 142 Paddock Circle on Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. The first fire engine arrived on scene four minutes after receiving the alarm and reported fire extended throughout a residential building. All occupants had exited the building prior to fire department arrival.
Fire crews made efforts to fight the fire from the interior, but strong winds moved fire through the attic space of the building and forced firefighters to fight the fire from the exterior.
Sixteen fire personnel responded to the initial alarm. Off-duty Iowa City firefighters and mutual aid fire companies were called to staff Iowa City fire stations. Outside agency support was provided by West Branch, Hills, Solon, and Coralville fire departments, the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, the American Red Cross and MidAmerican Energy.
No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The building sustained significant fire damage to the structure and contents. The building is estimated to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department.