News release from the Charles City Fire Department:
CHARLES CITY – The Charles City Fire Department (CCFD) responded to a report of a house fire at 902 E St. The fire was reported by a neighbor via 911, and the CCFD was dispatched at 10:43 on Wednesday morning.
On arrival, firefighters reported smoke coming from the exterior roof vents of the residence. Firefighters made an interior attack, and found fire near the ceiling in the kitchen and bathroom areas, making a quick knock down of the majority of the fire. It was found that some fire had spread up into the roof. Firefighters then opened up vent holes in the roof to also put out hot spots in that area.
No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. Two cats were rescued from the residence and are okay.
According to Floyd County Assessor online records, the home is owned by Douglas and Wendy Ross.
CCFD fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire is electrical in nature, originating from an exhaust fan in the bathroom that malfunctioned. There is light to moderate fire, smoke, and water damage to the home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom into the roof above those rooms.
The CCFD was assisted at the scene of the fire by the Charles City Police Department, AMR ambulance, Floyd County Search and Rescue, Floyd County EMA, and MidAmerican Energy.