Iowa Department of Public Safety
Larry L. Noble, Commissioner
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Telephone Number: (515) 725-6182
Facsimile Number: (515) 725-6195

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Raymond A. Reynolds, Director

For immediate release: Courtney Greene, Bureau Chief
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Public Information Bureau
Des Moines, Iowa (515) 725-6196

One Dead in Coin, Iowa Fire

Coin, IOWA --- The Coin Fire Department was called to a single family house fire located at 303 6th Street, Coin, Iowa at approximately 8:56 PM, April 12, 2011. Shenandoah fire personnel also responded to provide mutual aid. Upon arrival, fire units discovered the two story home and two adjacent parked vehicles fully involved in fire. The home is owned by 56 year old Trudy McDowell.

The investigation of the fire scene by Coin and Shenandoah fire personnel revealed one deceased subject inside the home. At this time a positive identification has not been established and the body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, Iowa for autopsy. The autopsy efforts will include investigation to determine positive identification and cause of death. The autopsy is not anticipated to be complete until late tomorrow afternoon.  

The cause of the fire is currently listed as undetermined and the case is being investigated by the Page County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the State Medical Examiner.

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