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Monday, April 30, 2012

Fire Damages Home and Boat in Iowa

The state fire marshal is investigating an early-morning boat and house fire in Maquoketa.
Maquoketa firefighters were called to the Kevin Owen home, 315 S. 5th St., to a report of a boat next to the house on fire at 1:44 a.m. Monday. A backyard neighbor said she saw the fire from her home. When firefighters arrived, the boat was in flames, and the fire had moved to the home’s siding, eaves and attic, Fire Chief Mark Beck said.
Owen was not home at the time of the fire.
Maquoketa police called the fire marshal. Owen said he had recently purchased the boat and had not had it in the water or even taken the cover off. The fire marshal was investigating the scene Monday morning with police officers.
Beck said firefighters had to cut holes in the roof of the home to vent the attic. He said they moved contents out of one bedroom and put down salvage covers. But he said there’s damage from the holes in the ceiling.
Firefighters also pulled a Harley Davidson motorcycle out of the garage. They spent about two hours at the home putting out hot spots.

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