LE MARS, Iowa (KCAU) – Improperly discarded smoking materials are the possible cause of a back deck fire at a Le Mars, Iowa, apartment building.
According to the Le Mars Fire Department, crews were called to a structure fire at 425 6th Street Southeast on Saturday at 3:27 p.m. Once officials arrived on the scene, they found a two-story multi-apartment building with flames and smoke coming from the back.
Authorities said the fire was on a deck in the back of the building. The fire extended up the back wall into the soffit and roofline. The fire was knocked down quickly with a fire extinguisher and a charged hose line. They then searched the apartments to make sure everyone was out, and discovered everyone had made it out safely.
The release said once the fire was under control, firefighters checked for more flames by removing some wood siding and soffit. They also checked the roof of the building.
According to the fire department, very little smoke had entered the apartments and the fire was contained to the outside of the building.
The fire is being ruled as accidental with a probable cause being improperly discarded smoking materials in or on the back deck of the building.
No one was injured in the fire and residents were allowed back into the building when the fire department released the scene.