UPDATE: Sioux City Fire Rescue said ‘misuse of kitchen range’ caused Gibson Street apartment fire

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – UPDATE: Sioux City Fire Rescue released more details regarding the fire on Gibson Street Thursday morning.

According to Sioux City Fire Rescue, all occupants evacuated safely with no injuries. There were 7 fire apparatus and 23 firefighters on scene, also with no injuries reported.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke visible from the roof area of a three-story apartment building. Upon entering the structure, firefighters located a fire in a third-floor apartment unit, which had already extended into the structure attic space.

An investigation into what caused the fire has been completed. The accidental fire was
caused by misuse of a kitchen range being utilized as supplemental heat.

Sioux City Fire Rescue would like to remind residents that kitchen stoves, ranges, and ovens should never be used as supplemental heating sources. In addition, every home should be equipped with a least one working smoke alarm on every level of the home.

The building consisted of eight apartment units, with approximately 20 residents. One unit sustained heavy fire damage. The remaining units sustained water damage from suppression efforts. City Inspection Services has red-tagged the entire structure until necessary repairs have been completed.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced.

Sioux City Fire Rescue reminds residents that kitchen stoves, ranges, and ovens should never be used as supplemental heating sources. In addition, every home should be equipped with a least one working smoke alarm on every level of the home.


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Captain Ryan Collins with Sioux City Fire Rescue said crews received a fire call at the 2200 block of Gibson Street before 4:30 a.m.

Crews said the fire was in an apartment unit on the third floor of the 700 building. The fire was in the kitchen area but had spread to the living area and attic.

He said everyone was evacuated. There were no injuries. They are being sheltered in other buildings while officials find appropriate shelter for them.

There was only fire damage to the single unit, but there is water damage throughout the building.

An inspection will take place later Thursday to determine whether the building should be redtagged.


The fire chief on the scene said that any residents in their vehicles won’t be able to leave the scene.

Captain Ryan Collins said that trucks and fire hoses are blocking the exit from the apartment complex.


Sioux City Fire Rescue is battling a fire at a Sioux City apartment complex Thursday morning.

Crews were called to the fire at the 2200 block of Gibson Street around 4:20 a.m.

This is a developing story. KCAU 9 has a crew on scene and will update as we learn more.

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