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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, December 28, 2010

(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


For Additional Information Contact::
Taylor County Sheriff’s Office  (712) 523-2153
State Fire Marshal Division  (712) 308-3977

Blockton, IOWA --- Taylor County dispatch received a 911 call on Monday, December 27, 2010, at 5:13 a.m., of a possible shed fire at 3346 State Hwy 2, in Blockton, located in southwestern Iowa.

Fire personnel from the Blockton, Bedford and Clearfield fire departments arrived to find a single family manufactured home completely involved. The home and a second manufactured home sitting on the same property were completely destroyed by the fire. The fire resulted in one fatality. The homeowner is listed as Kenneth Leroy Nielsen. An autopsy on the deceased is being conducted this morning at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, Iowa. The name of the deceased is being withheld until positive identification can be made.

At this time the fire is being investigated by the Taylor and Ringgold County Sheriff’s Offices and the State Fire Marshal Division. There is no evidence of foul play at this time. The cause of the fire and the area of origin are currently listed as undetermined due to the extent of damage. Anyone with information concerning this fire should call the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office at 712.523.2153 or the State Fire Marshall Division at (712) 308-3977


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