Iowa City Firefighters Respond to Three Structure Fires

Iowa City firefighters responded to three separate structure fires Monday, reports (

Firefighters were first called to 18 Commercial Drive at 8:30 a.m. for a report of a fire in a commercial building. Responding crews encountered smoke coming from the roof of Streb Concrete, forcing firefighters to cut through the roof and walls of the building to fight and extinguish the fire.

Crews were later called to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 816 N. Dubuque Street, at 9:21 p.m. for a fire in a third-floor bedroom. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the single bedroom and one person was displaced as a result of the fire.

While units were still on the scene of the fraternity house fire, they were notified to a building fire at 630 S. Capitol Street. Crews responded from the fraternity house to the Capitol Street fire and discovered a fire in a dumpster enclosure inside the building. Officials said firefighting efforts were “complicated” by the fire extending through a refuse chute, which ran the height of the five-story building. However, crews were able to get the fire under control in an hour. There were no residents displaced as a result of the fire.

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