Sioux City Fire Rescue responded to three separate structure fires, all of which ended up being red-tagged.
They first responded to a fire at 2210 Douglas Street Thursday night around 9:20. They say that two dogs were in the home at the time. Despite resuscitation efforts, the dogs died due to smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported. The one-story single-family home ended up being red-tagged.
Another fire broke out at 2840 Memorial Drive while firefighters were still on scene on Douglass Street. The firefighters that arrived found heavy smoke coming from the roof of a one-story home. Residents were home at the time and saw smoke coming from the ceiling. They were able to escape safely with their pets.
While the fire was contained to the attic, there was water damage on the first floor and basement. The home was red-tagged also. The North Sioux City Fire Department assisted due to limited water supply in the area. Crews were on scene until the morning trying to extinguish spot fires in the insulation.
Reports of a third fire at 2719 Lafayette Street came in Friday around 4:30 a.m. Residents of the one-story home safely evacuated. The residents said smoke was coming from the wall. The fire was quickly put out. The house suffered smoke damage throughout and was red-tagged.
All three fires are under investigation. Sioux City Fire Rescue wants to remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they work in the event of a fire. A free SAFE Home inspection and free smoke alarms can be obtained by calling the Sioux City Fire Rescue at 279-6377.