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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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


Spirit Lake, IOWA --- While actively fighting a house fire this morning, the Spirit Lake Fire Department was called out to a separate home fire at approximately 9:18 a.m.  When firefirefighters arrived at 2610 Center Lake Drive in Spirit Lake the home was already fully engulfed with flames.  Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters found 82 year old Marjorie Anderson of Spirit Lake dead inside the home.  An official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

The cause of the fire at 2610 Center Lake Dr. is still undetermined as the Spirit Lake Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal Division continue to investigate.

The original home fire Spirit Lake Fire Department responded to, before being dispatched to the fire at Ms. Anderson’s, was a vacant property.  No one was injured or killed in that fire.

Assisting at the fire scene were the Spirit Lake Fire Department, Arnold’s Park-Okoboji Fire Department, Dickinson Co Emergency Management, Spirit Lake Police Department, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal Division.


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