The Iowa City Fire Department responded to a building fire at 623 E. College Street at 5:17 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The first unit arrived on scene three minutes after receiving the alarm and reported a working fire with smoke coming from the attic. 

The occupants of the building had safely exited the structure prior to the fire department’s arrival.  Fire crews made multiple efforts to attack the fire from the interior, but were eventually forced to vacate the building and fight the fire from the exterior using elevated hose streams. 

Sixteen fire personnel responded to the initial alarm. Off-duty Iowa City firefighters and mutual aid fire companies were called to the scene and to back fill the Iowa City fire stations. Outside agency support and assistance was provided by West Branch, Hills, Coralville and Solon Fire Departments, the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, the American Red Cross and Mid-American Energy. 

No civilian injuries were reported. One firefighter was transported from the scene for medical evaluation and treatment. The building sustained significant fire damage to the structure and its contents. A loss estimate is not yet available. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department, yet evidence strongly suggests the cause was weather-related.

For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255.

Date of publication

Wednesday, October 21, 2015