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2007 IOWA FIRE FATALITIES

In 2007 there were 30 fire related deaths in the State of Iowa. A brief description of those deaths is listed below.

Name: Carolyn Larrew
Location of Fire: Boone, Iowa
Age: 57
Date of Fire: 01/17/2007
Date of Death: 01/17/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Smoking Materials
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Betty Hosepte
Location of Fire: Clinton, Iowa
Age: 72
Date of Fire: 02/05/2007
Date of Death: 02/05/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Frances Spencer
Location of Fire: Sherrill, Iowa
Age: 92
Date of Fire: 02/10/2007
Date of Death: 02/10/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Corey Hummell
Location of Fire: Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Age: 38
Date of Fire: 02/26/2007
Date of Death: 02/26/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Debra Feldhacker
Location of Fire: Milford, Iowa
Age: 53
Date of Fire: 03/16/2007
Date of Death:03/16/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Smoking Material
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Diane Trusty
Location of Fire: Osage, Iowa
Age: 56
Date of Fire: 04/05/2007
Date of Death: 04/05/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Kerosene Lamp
Cause of Death: Carbon Monoxide
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Roger Leon Harvey
Location of Fire: Grand Junction, Iowa
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 04/13/2007
Date of Death: 04/13/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Mobile Home
Smoke Detector: Yes/Did not hear sound
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Gary Reed
Location of Fire: Waterloo, Iowa
Age: 29
Date of Fire: 05/03/2007
Date of Death: 05/03/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/No batteries
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Opal Norris
Location of Fire: Iowa Falls, Iowa
Age: 87
Date of Fire: 05/10/2007
Date of Death: 05/11/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death:
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Elizabeth White & Dylan White
Location of Fire: Keokuk, Iowa
Age: Elizabeth-2 & Dylan-4
Date of Fire: 05/15/2007
Date of Death: 05/15/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Not Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Shirley Mae Taylor
Location of Fire: Eldon, Iowa
Age: 72
Date of Fire: 05/04/2007
Date of Death: 05/17/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless use of Candle
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Rodney Thornburg
Location of Fire: Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Age: 83
Date of Fire: 05/19/2007
Date of Death: 06/14/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Heat gun caught clothing on fire
Cause of Death: Undetermined
Occupancy: Storage Bldg
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Dennis Lamers
Location of Fire: Alton, Iowa
Age: 57
Date of Fire: 07/31/2007
Date of Death: 08/07/2007
Fire Cause: Explosion/Flammable Vapors
Cause of Death: Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Semi Tanker
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Merle Eugene Fox
Location of Fire: West Union, Iowa
Age: 59
Date of Fire: 08/19/2007
Date of Death: 08/19/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Pan on Stove Overheated
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes/Not working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Earl Thelander
Location of Fire: Onawa, Iowa
Age: 80
Date of Fire: 08/28/2007
Date of Death: 09/02/2007
Fire Cause: Explosion/Copper gas line cut
Cause of Death: Explosion-Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Ryan Meerdink
Location of Fire: Hull, Iowa
Age: 21
Date of Fire: 08/31/2007
Date of Death: 08/31/2007
Fire Cause: Explosion/Pipe Bomb
Cause of Death: Explosion
Occupancy: Outside-Residence Yard
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Sharon Young
Location of Fire: Mason City, Iowa
Age: 50
Date of Fire: 09/04/2007
Date of Death: 09/04/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless disposal of smoking materials
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Tom Wells
Location of Fire: Newell, Iowa
Age: 50
Date of Fire: 09/04/2007
Date of Death: 09/13/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Explosion-mower hit propane line
Cause of Death: Burns/Heart Attack
Occupancy: Outside/Residence Yard
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: William Wilson
Location of Fire: Burlington, Iowa
Age: 61
Date of Fire: 09/17/2007
Date of Death: 09/17/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Madonna Anderson & Veronica Anderson
Location of Fire: Mason City, Iowa
Age:Madonna-40 & Veronica-10
Date of Fire: 10/16/2007
Date of Death: 10/16/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Unattended Pan on Stove
Cause of Death: Unknown
Occupancy: Duplex Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Working but not wired together
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Evelyn Rice
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 83
Date of Fire: 10/25/2007
Date of Death: 10/25/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Comb too close to wood stove
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Troy Hansen
Location of Fire: Center Point, Iowa
Age: 22
Date of Fire: 11/18/2007
Date of Death: 11/18/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Cooking Grease on Stove
Cause of Death:
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Timothy Roger Mills
Location of Fire: Greenville, Iowa
Age: 60
Date of Fire: 11/29/2007
Date of Death: 11/29/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Propane heater in double attached garage
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal burns
Occupancy: Residential Garage
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: David Lundeen
Location of Fire: Marcus, Iowa
Age: 24
Date of Fire: 12/05/2007
Date of Death: 12/05/2007
Fire Cause: Accidental/Vehicle Crash
Cause of Death: Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Florence Dixon
Location of Fire: Waterloo, Iowa
Age: 56
Date of Fire: 12/07/2007
Date of Death:
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless disposal of smoking materials
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Michael Babberl
Location of Fire: Ottumwa, Iowa
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 12/13/2007
Date of Death: 12/14/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Did not hear sound
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Deborah Kay Rubino
Location of Fire: Baxter, Iowa
Age: 52
Date of Fire: 12/17/2007
Date of Death: 08/28/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: No/Could not find or hear
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Terry White
Location of Fire: Conroy, Iowa
Age: 65
Date of Fire: 12/24/2007
Date of Death: 12/24/2007
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy:Semi Cab in Machine Shed
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

 

 

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