Fire damages Maquoketa home

2013-01-18T15:23:00Z Fire damages Maquoketa homeSheri Melvold The Quad-City Times
January 18, 2013 3:23 pm  • 

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A Maquoketa home received minor damage after a fire started in the attic insulation Friday morning.

Maquoketa Fire Chief Mark Beck said Lee Decker was remodeling the bathroom on the second floor at 307 S. Matteson and saw smoke. The chief said Decker tried to put out the attic fire with a fire extinguisher, but that didn’t work.

Firefighters were called at 7:26 a.m. Friday and spent a couple of hours at the home.

When firefighters arrived, there was smoke pouring out of the rafters at the home, according to Beck.

“The home was not destroyed,” Beck said. “But there is some damage to the structural members in the attic.”

He said there was old knob and tube wiring in the home, which apparently caught the cellulose insulation on fire. Firefighters had to pull out the insulation to make sure they got all the fire.

No one was injured.

The home is owned by Rosie Gilmore with Decker living there.


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