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2009 IOWA FIRE FATALITIES

As of 12-31-2009 there have been 46 fire related deaths in the State of Iowa. A listing of the 2009 fire related deaths is below.

Name: Irving Camorgo
Location of Fire: Conesville, Iowa
Age: 18 months
Date of Fire: 01/09/2009
Date of Death: 01/09/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Mobile Home
Smoke Detector: Presence Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Francis Hansel
Location of Fire: Manchester, Iowa
Age: 89
Date of Fire: 01/11/2009
Date of Death: 01/11/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death:Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes/Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Bernard Kalvelage and Alvin Kalvelage
Location of Fire: Lime Springs, Iowa
Age:Bernard - 52 & Alvin 48
Date of Fire: 01/13/2009
Date of Death: 01/13/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Presence Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Abigail Zeil, Tyler Hansen, Megan Hansen & Haylee Hansen
Location of Fire: Greeley, Iowa
Age: Abigail-14, Tyler-8, Megan-7, and Haylee-3
Date of Fire: 01/14/2009
Date of Death: 01/14/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector:No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 4

Name: Daniel Slatterly
Location of Fire: West Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 25
Date of Fire: 01/17/2009
Date of Death:01/17/2009
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Presence Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Trisha Eighmy
Location of Fire: Glidden, Iowa
Age: 16
Date of Fire: 01/19/2009
Date of Death: 01/19/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental/Dryer (Lint Maintenance)
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Presence Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Nelda Barbee
Location of Fire: Keokuk, Iowa
Age: 83
Date of Fire: 01/24/2009
Date of Death: 01/25/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental/Electrical Malfunction
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries/Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes/Automatic System
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Pamela Sue Jones
Location of Fire: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 54
Date of Fire: 01/25/2009
Date of Death: 01/25/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Smoking Materials
Cause of Death: Thermal Burns/Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Present and working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Benjamin Ziegenmeyer
Location of Fire: Boone, Iowa
Age: 25
Date of Fire: 02/03/2009
Date of Death: 02/03/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Apartment/Business
Smoke Detector: Presence Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Howard Meyers
Location of Fire: Strawberrry Point, Iowa
Age: 86
Date of Fire: 02/05/2009
Date of Death: 02/05/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Wood burning furnace
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Garage
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Joan Haub
Location of Fire: Ogden, Iowa
Age: 79
Date of Fire: 02/8/2009
Date of Death: 02/08/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death:Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Car in Garage
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Mackenzie Blandau and Luis Garcia
Location of Fire: Hampton, Iowa
Age: Mackenzie-25 and Luis-22 months
Date of Fire: 02/14/2009
Date of Death: 02/14/2009
Fire Cause: Acidental Electric Arcing
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes - working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Dave Postell
Location of Fire: Dixon, Iowa
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 02/14/2009
Date of Death: 02/17/2009
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - Unsure if working
Number of Deaths related to fire:1

Name: Beth Ann Bartosch
Location of Fire: Davenport, Iowa
Age:37
Date of Fire: 02/16/2009
Date of Death: 02/16/2009
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - unsure if working
Number of Deaths related to fire:1

Name: Donald Listman and Rodney Pritchard
Location of Fire: Sioux City, Iowa
Age:Donald-59 and Rodney-48
Date of Fire: 03/01/2009
Date of Death: 03/01/2009
Fire Cause: Careless Use of Smoking Material
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - unsure if working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2


Name: Christopher Waggoner
Location of Fire: Urbandale, Iowa
Age:30
Date of Fire: 03/09/2009
Date of Death: 03/09/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental, Vehicle Overheated
Cause of Death: Thermal Burns/Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire:1


Name: Matthew Porter
Location of Fire: Fayette, Iowa
Age: 92
Date of Fire: 04/03/2009
Date of Death: 04/03/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Discarded smoking materials
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Severe Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes, working
Number of Deaths related to fire:1


Name: Czu Toffoi
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 10
Date of Fire: 04/04/2009
Date of Death: 04/05/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Unit of fire death working minimally, unit of fire origin not working
Number of Deaths related to fire:1


Name: Ralph Hanselmann
Location of Fire: Dubuque, Iowa
Age: 77
Date of Fire: 04/10/2009
Date of Death: 04/10/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes, working
Number of Deaths related to fire:1


Name: Lawrence Parsons
Location of Fire: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Age: 58
Date of Fire: 04/14/2009
Date of Death: 04/20/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - careless use of smoking material
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire:1


Name: Guy Powell
Location of Fire: West Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 61
Date of Fire: 05/08/2009
Date of Death: 05/08/2009
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Outside/Park
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire:1

Name: Chonburi Louengrath
Location of Fire:Sioux City, Iowa
Age: 27
Date of Fire:05/9/2009
Date of Death: 05/11/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Child Playing with Matches - Lit sofa
Cause of Death: Burns, Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Roger Brown
Location of Fire: Knoxville, Iowa
Age: 64
Date of Fire:05/12/2009
Date of Death: 05/12/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Outdoor Cooking Apparatus
Cause of Death: Thermal Shock
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Cynthia Cort
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 46
Date of Fire:05/25/09
Date of Death: 05/25/09
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Burns
Occupancy: Outside/Park
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Jordan Fiddelke
Location of Fire: Sanborn, Iowa
Age: 23
Date of Fire:05/28/09
Date of Death: 05/28/09
Fire Cause:Vehicle Accident
Cause of Death: Burns/Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Francis Fricke-Kiertzner
Location of Fire: Holstein, Iowa
Age: 75
Date of Fire:06/06/2009
Date of Death: 06/06/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Trevor Frederickson
Location of Fire: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Age: 21
Date of Fire:06/18/2009
Date of Death: 06/18/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Electrical Short
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Chelsea Hart
Location of Fire: Decorah, Iowa
Age: 25
Date of Fire: 06/26/2009
Date of Death: 06/26/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes, not working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Chase Edward Finch
Location of Fire: Newton, Iowa
Age: 5 months
Date of Fire: 08/04/2009
Date of Death: 08/04/2009
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Norman Anderson
Location of Fire: Gilman, Iowa
Age: 43
Date of Fire: 08/12/2009
Date of Death: 08/12/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Derek J. Harrop-Miller
Location of Fire: Ackley, Iowa
Age: 27
Date of Fire: 08/18/2009
Date of Death: 08/18/2009
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Garage
Smoke Detector: NA
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Alphera Brown
Location of Fire: Burlington, Iowa
Age: 44
Date of Fire: 08/23/2009
Date of Death: 08/23/2009
Fire Cause: Undertermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes, not working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Smajic Nusret
Location of Fire: Cedar Rapids
Age: 31
Date of Fire:08/27/2009
Date of Death: 08/27/2009
Fire Cause: Vehicle Accident - Went through guard rail
Cause of Death:Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: NA
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Hannelore Christopherson
Location of Fire: Ft. Dodge, Iowa
Age: 69
Date of Fire: 10/26/2009
Date of Death: 10/26/2009
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Cause of Death: Accidental - Careless use of smoking material
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes, not working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Karen Beecher
Location of Fire: Shenandoah, Iowa
Age: 65
Date of Fire: 11/01/2009
Date of Death: 11/01/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Electrical
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes, no battery
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Fred Noon
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 59
Date of Fire: 11/15/2009
Date of Death: 11/15/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Heater too close to combustibles
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Ronald Steven Bowers
Location of Fire: Johnson County
Age: 32
Date of Fire: 11/15/2009
Date of Death: 11/15/2009
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Pending autopsy results
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jon Eckhart
Location of Fire: Steamboat Rock
Age: 1
Date of Fire: 11/25/2009
Date of Death: 11/26/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Children playing with fire
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Michael Chapman
Location of Fire: Knoxville
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 12/3/2009
Date of Death: 12/3/2009
Fire Cause: Accidental - Use of Smoking Material
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Presence Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Cyrus Shoup
Location of Fire: Clinton
Age: 2
Date of Fire: 12/16/2009
Date of Death: 12/16/2009
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: 9 volt battery found in debris
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1
 
 
 

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