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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

VICTIM FOUND DEAD IN LEE
COUNTY BAR FIRE IDENTIFIED

Wever, IOWA --- Today, the State Medical Examiner released autopsy results on the deceased person found yesterday inside the burned Green Bay Tap in Wever, Iowa. The deceased has been positively identified as 47 year old Kenneth Allen Thomas of Denmark, Iowa. The cause of death has been ruled smoke inhalation.

At approximately 2:34 a.m., emergency responders were called to the Green Bay Tap at 3546 170th Street in Wever, Iowa on report of a fire. Once on scene, firefighters battled the fire for several hours before the flames could be extinguished. Due to the extent of damage, the building is considered a total loss.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was called in at 3:10 a.m., to assist in the investigation.  Also to aid in the investigation, and insure his safety from the fire, officials made contact with bar owner Jeff Edwards of Burlington, Iowa. Upon examination of the fire scene, investigators found Thomas deceased inside the Green Bay Tap. Thomas was the bartender and manager at the local establishment.

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined as investigators continue their investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Wever Fire Department, Denmark Fire Department, West Point Fire Department, Burlington Fire Department, Fort Madison Fire Department, Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Lee County EMS.

 

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