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2008 IOWA FIRE FATALITIES

In 2008 there were 49 fire related deaths in the State of Iowa. A brief description of those deaths is listed below.

Name: Carl H. Gibson
Location of Fire: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Age: 56
Date of Fire: 01/05/2008
Date of Death: 01/05/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Vehicle
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Calvin Charles Ocker
Location of Fire: Camanche, Iowa
Age: 77
Date of Fire: 01/19/2008
Date of Death: 01/19/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Garage
Smoke Detector:No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jesse Jay Jenkins
Location of Fire: Glenwood, Iowa
Age: 51
Date of Fire: 01/20/2008
Date of Death: 01/21/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Keely Boss
Location of Fire: Clear Lake, Iowa
Age: 38
Date of Fire: 01/28/2008
Date of Death: 01/28/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector: Yes/Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: James Bengston
Location of Fire: Essex, Iowa
Age: 73
Date of Fire: 02/02/2008
Date of Death:02/02/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: David Rausch
Location of Fire: Marion, Iowa
Age: 62
Date of Fire: 02/02/2008
Date of Death:03/10/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Smoking Materials
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure due to inhalation from fire
Occupancy: Multi Family Residence
Smoke Detector: Present/No Battery
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Gary Dean Pearce & Linda Lou Adams
Location of Fire: Atlantic, Iowa
Age: Pearce-63 & Adams-65
Date of Fire: 02/03/2008
Date of Death: 02/03/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Raven Umphress & Aiden Umphress
Location of Fire: Ottumwa, Iowa
Age: Raven-2 & Aiden-11 months
Date of Fire: 02/05/2008
Date of Death: 02/05/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name:David Patrick
Location of Fire: Alden, Iowa
Age: 45
Date of Fire: 02/29/2008
Date of Death: 02/29/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Lawrence R. Kersting
Location of Fire: Bettendorf, Iowa
Age: 82
Date of Fire: 02/25/2008
Date of Death: 03/04/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jacob Scherf
Location of Fire: Elkader, Iowa
Age: 8
Date of Fire: 03/09/2008
Date of Death: 03/09/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Clothing Caught Fire
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Yard
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Anna Bear
Location of Fire: Tama, Iowa
Age: 78
Date of Fire: 03/10/2008
Date of Death: 03/10/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Susan Lee Hill
Location of Fire: Clinton, Iowa
Age: 38
Date of Fire: 03/23/2008
Date of Death: 03/23/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Carless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes/No Batteries
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Curtis Stackhouse & Kevin Stackhouse, Jr.
Location of Fire: Marshalltown, Iowa
Age: Curtis-44 & Kevin-14 months
Date of Fire: 03/31/2008
Date of Death: Curtis-03/31/2008 & Kevin-04/05/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Curtis D. Folkerts
Location of Fire: Thompson, Iowa
Age: 27
Date of Fire: 04/12/2008
Date of Death: 04/12/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Abigail Sutter, Jacob Legg, Jesselyn Legg
Location of Fire: Marble Rock, Iowa
Age: Sutter-6, Jacob Legg-3, & Jesselyn Legg-20 Months
Date of Fire: 04/25/2008
Date of Death: 04/25/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 3

Name: Brenda Beard
Location of Fire: Urbana, Iowa
Age: 54
Date of Fire: 05/03/2008
Date of Death: 05/04/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Donna Dreesman
Location of Fire: Titonka, Iowa
Age: 74
Date of Fire: 05/11/2008
Date of Death: 05/11/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Grantley Young
Location of Fire: Waterloo, Iowa
Age: 3
Date of Fire: 05/17/2008
Date of Death: 05/17/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Not Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Karen Lynn Colding
Location of Fire: Spencer, Iowa
Age: 47
Date of Fire: 06/30/2008
Date of Death: 06/30/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Nathan Foubert
Location of Fire: Carlisle, Iowa
Age: 32
Date of Fire: 07/11/2008
Date of Death: 07/11/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Improper Use of Fireworks
Cause of Death: Neck and obstructed airway
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Caleb Hockel
Location of Fire: Osceola, Iowa
Age: 13
Date of Fire: 07/21/2008
Date of Death: 07/21/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Lisa Hageman
Location of Fire: Castalia, Iowa
Age: 38
Date of Fire: 07/30/2008
Date of Death: 07/30/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death:Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector:Yes/No battery
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Mike McCune
Location of Fire: Davenport, Iowa
Age: 47
Date of Fire: 08/14/2008
Date of Death: 08/14/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Gilliand Ashton
Location of Fire: DeSoto, Iowa
Age: 3
Date of Fire: 08/20/2008
Date of Death: 08/20/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Sterling Lee Hansen
Location of Fire: Coon Rapids, Iowa
Age: 20
Date of Fire: 08/23/2008
Date of Death: 08/23/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Carroll LaVerne Uitemarkt
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 56
Date of Fire: 08/25/2008
Date of Death: 08/27/2008
Fire Cause: Explosion
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Georgia Clayton & Frank Larwick
Location of Fire: Davenport, Iowa
Age: Clayton - 86 & Larwick 58
Date of Fire: 08/28/2008
Date of Death: 08/28/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Lloyd Kennedy
Location of Fire: Johnston, Iowa
Age: 59
Date of Fire: 09/26/2008
Date of Death: 09/26/2008
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy:Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Gary Brewster
Location of Fire: Marshalltown, Iowa
Age: 63
Date of Fire: 09/29/2008
Date of Death: 09/30/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Cooking
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Frank Kabella
Location of Fire: West Branch, Iowa
Age: 80
Date of Fire: 10/16/2008
Date of Death: 10/16/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Lawn Mower
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Marshall Ferding
Location of Fire: Hornick, Iowa
Age: 85
Date of Fire: 10/02/2008
Date of Death: 10/02/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Lighting a Burn Barrel
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Donald Royce Reed
Location of Fire: Lamoni, Iowa
Age: 72
Date of Fire: 10/18/2008
Date of Death: 10/18/2008
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Luetta Ohlendorf
Location of Fire: Waverly, Iowa
Age: 79
Date of Fire: 10/21/2008
Date of Death: 10/21/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:Yes/Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Harold Nicholas Schmitt
Location of Fire: Nichols, Iowa
Age: 79
Date of Fire: 10/26/2008
Date of Death: 10/26/2008
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Bobby P. Booker
Location of Fire: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 74
Date of Fire: 11/17/2008
Date of Death: 11/17/2008
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes/Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Wayne Weier, Sr.
Location of Fire: Spencer, Iowa
Age: 53
Date of Fire: 11/21/2008
Date of Death: 11/21/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Dennis Mitchim
Location of Fire:Madrid, Iowa
Age: 68
Date of Fire: 11/28/2008
Date of Death: 11/28/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Careless Smoking
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Mobile Home
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jerry Shipp
Location of Fire: Seymour, Iowa
Age: 37
Date of Fire: 12/09/2008
Date of Death: 12/09/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Natural Gas Explosion
Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma to Head
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Elaine Person
Location of Fire: Mason City, Iowa
Age: 83
Date of Fire: 12/10/2008
Date of Death: 12/11/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Clothing Caught Fire While Cooking
Cause of Death: Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Undetermined
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Clayton Thomas Orcutt
Location of Fire: Bellevue
Age:42
Date of Fire: 12/14/2008
Date of Death: 12/14/2008
Fire Cause: Suicide
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes, Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1
Name: Cleo Willis
Location of Fire: Mason City, Iowa
Age: 52
Date of Fire: 12/15/2008
Date of Death: 12/15/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Discarded Smoking Material
Cause of Death: Autopsy Pending
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Unknown if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Igor Melineski
Location of Fire: Stuart, Iowa
Age: 38
Date of Fire: 12/20/2008
Date of Death: 12/20/2008
Fire Cause: Accidental/Vehicle
Cause of Death: Autopsy Pending
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

 

 

 

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