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2006 IOWA FIRE FATALITIES

In 2006 there were 33 fire related deaths in the State of Iowa. A brief description of those deaths is listed below.

Name: Oris Smith
Location of Fire: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Age: 83
Date of Fire: 01/15/2006
Date of Death: 01/15/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Cleaning Equipment caught clothing on fire
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy: Residential Garage
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Van L. Hotchkin
Location of Fire: Kellogg, Iowa
Age: 50
Date of Fire: 01/22/2006
Date of Death: 01/22/2006
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector:N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Holly Michael
Location of Fire: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Age: 22
Date of Fire: 01/08/2006
Date of Death: 01/26/2006
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death:Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Cortrail Lewis
Location of Fire: Clinton, Iowa
Age: 3 months
Date of Fire: 01/29/2006
Date of Death: 01/29/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Unattended cooking
Cause of Death: Carbon Monoxide
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes/Not Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Lorraine Forbes
Location of Fire: Marshalltown, Iowa
Age: 78
Date of Fire: 02/15/2006
Date of Death:02/15/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Did not alert
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Bonnie Daniels
Location of Fire: Ida Grove, Iowa
Age: 51
Date of Fire: 02/19/2006
Date of Death: 02/19/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking-on Oxygen
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Kenneth Zillmer
Location of Fire: Wellman, Iowa
Age: 62
Date of Fire: 02/23/2006
Date of Death: 02/23/2006
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Undetermined
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Justin Cahoon
Location of Fire: Monona, Iowa
Age: 4
Date of Fire: 02/25/2006
Date of Death: 02/25/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Playing with heat source/embers from wood stove
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Mobile Home
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Seth Anderson & Nathan Messer
Location of Fire: Ottumwa, Iowa
Age: Anderson-22 & Messer-21
Date of Fire: 03/05/2006
Date of Death: 03/05/2006
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death:Carbon Monoxide
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Daniel J. Lawlor
Location of Fire: Boone, Iowa
Age: 61
Date of Fire: 03/08/2006
Date of Death: 03/08/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Cigarette
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Leonard Joseph
Location of Fire: Coralville, Iowa
Age: 47
Date of Fire: 03/12/2006
Date of Death: 03/12/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Fireworks
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: None
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Mary C. Hebl
Location of Fire: Tiffin, Iowa
Age: 95
Date of Fire: 03/19/2006
Date of Death: 03/19/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/LP Leak
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Bradley C. Raymond
Location of Fire: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Age: 25
Date of Fire: 04/01/2006
Date of Death: 04/20/2006
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Complications caused by 2nd/3rd degree burns over 95% of body
Occupancy: Homeless Camp
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Becky Jo Kuehl
Location of Fire: Waukee, Iowa
Age: 52
Date of Fire: 04/10/2006
Date of Death: 04/10/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Propane Explosion
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Don Tosevigen
Location of Fire: Plymouth, Iowa
Age: 78
Date of Fire: 04/14/2006
Date of Death: 04/14/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Faulty Wiring
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Patrick R. Meenan
Location of Fire: Ankeny, Iowa
Age: 19
Date of Fire: 05/09/2006
Date of Death: 05/09/2006
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Joseph G. Wilke
Location of Fire: Eddyville, Iowa
Age: 42
Date of Fire: 05/21/2006
Date of Death: 05/21/2006
Fire Cause:Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Kienna Scheurer & Donna Scheurer
Location of Fire: Stockton, Iowa
Age: Kienna-5 & Donna-56
Date of Fire: 06/08/2006
Date of Death: Kienna-06/08/2006 & Donna-08/03/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Severed gas & fuel tanks
Cause of Death: Kienna-Thermal Injuries/Carbon Monoxide Donna-Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Justin Friedrichsen & Steven Upton
Location of Fire: Middletown, Iowa
Age: Friedrichsen-24 & Upton-48
Date of Fire: 06/12/2006
Date of Death: 06/12/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Explosion
Cause of Death: Explosion
Occupancy: Manufacturing Plant
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2


Name: David W. McFarland
Location of Fire: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Age:61
Date of Fire: 06/23/2006
Date of Death: 06/24/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Spark of gas from torch
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Garage
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Pedro Castro-Gonzales
Location of Fire: Clive, Iowa
Age: 24
Date of Fire: 07/30/2006
Date of Death: 07/30/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Fuel tank rupture
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Larry Gwin & Juanita Gwin
Location of Fire: Brooklyn, Iowa
Age: Larry-68 & Juanita-68
Date of Fire: 08/14/2006
Date of Death: Larry-08/14/2006 & Juanita-08/15/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless-unattended smoking
Cause of Death:Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Hal S. Peacher
Location of Fire: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 47
Date of Fire: 09/10/2006
Date of Death: 09/10/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Unknown
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy: Semi-Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jamison Walker
Location of Fire: Urbandale, Iowa
Age: 20
Date of Fire: 09/29/2006
Date of Death: 09/29/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Unknown
Cause of Death: Extreme Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Ruth Seitz
Location of Fire: Burlington, Iowa
Age: 72
Date of Fire: 10/14/2006
Date of Death:10/14/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Child playing with lighter
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No working detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: John Hager
Location of Fire: Clinton, Iowa
Age: 45
Date of Fire: 11/01/2006
Date of Death: 11/03/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Flash Fire-Electric Arc
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries/Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufacturing Plant
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jeffrey Van Omen
Location of Fire: Wiota, Iowa
Age: 39
Date of Fire: 12/15/2006
Date of Death: 12/15/2006
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Soot & Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Harold French
Location of Fire: Davenport, Iowa
Age: 58
Date of Fire: 12/23/2006
Date of Death: 12/23/2006
Fire Cause: Accidental/Propane
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy:Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Arvie Connolly
Location of Fire: Morning Sun, Iowa
Age: 62
Date of Fire: 12/30/2006
Date of Death: 01/23/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Melting law mower engines-gas tank exploded puring flaming gas on him
Cause of Death: Anoxic brain injury due to the complications of extensive thermal burns
Occupancy:Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

 

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