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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
July 18, 2016

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

SFM Responds to House Fire Fatality

SHEFFIELD, Iowa -- At 9:56 PM on Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Sheffield Fire Department was dispatched to a one-story residential fire located at 22 Southview Circle in Sheffield. The Sheffield Police Department also responded to the scene.

When emergency crews arrived on scene, the west side of the house was engulfed in flames.  Once the fire was under control, the fire department located a body inside the house. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending family notifications.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Sheffield Fire Department, the Sheffield Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM).

Point of contact:  Sheffield Fire Chief Dan Fields At city hall 641 892-4718

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