September 5, 2023 - 9:18 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — An apartment complex was totaled in a fire early on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, in Hawarden.

According to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen, at about 4:30 a.m., the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of an apartment building on fire at 805 8th Street in Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw flames from the front of the building as they approached the scene. He says they used an exterior attack, and then an interior attack to fight the fire.

Schiefen says no injuries were reported to people, as everyone got out in time.

The fire department was assisted by the Ireton, Iowa and Alcester and Hudson, South Dakota fire departments.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Schiefen reports that three of the five units sustained damage, with one of them sustaining the most damage and the others sustaining basically smoke and heat damage.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene until about 7:30 a.m.

Schiefen tells us the American Red Cross was called in to assist the tenants with alternate living arrangements.

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