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Each year communities across the State of Iowa lose valued members to fires in homes, garages and vehicles. Below is a glimpse at the tragedy that is fire related fatalities in Iowa.

While reviewing the list of deceased and the fires that claimed their lives, please take note that many of the homes in which these individuals died, did not have properly working smoke detectors.

2012 Fire Fatalities:

Name: Alyanna Chhouy
Location of Fire: Grinnell, Iowa
Age: 7 Months
Date of Fire: 01/14/2012
Date of Death: 01/15/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Cutaneous & Inhalational Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector: Yes-Not Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Arthur Vogt
Location of Fire: Fairfield, Iowa
Age: 91
Date of Fire: 01/20/2012
Date of Death: 01/20/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Debra Dillard
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 02/22/2012
Date of Death:02/22/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Apartment
Smoke Detector: Yes-Not Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1


Name: Kerry Bye
Location of Fire: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 43
Date of Fire: 02/26/2012
Date of Death: 02/26/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke and Soot Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Dwayne Ellison
Location of Fire: Moravia, Iowa
Age: 50
Date of Fire: 03/06/12
Date of Death: 03/06/12
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Sheila Ellison
Location of Fire: Moravia, Iowa
Age: 50
Date of Fire: 03/06/12
Date of Death: 03/06/12
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Duane Vick
Location of Fire: Charles City, IA
Age: 77
Date of Fire: 03/08/2012
Date of Death: 03/08/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Scott Robinson
Location of Fire: Ottumwa, IA
Age: 40
Date of Fire: 03/10/2012
Date of Death: 03/11/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death:Cutaneous and Inhalational Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire:1

Name: James Lammer
Location of Fire: Dubuque, Iowa
Age: 61
Date of Fire: 03/19/2012
Date of Death: 03/19/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Smoke and Soot Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Mark Morelock
Location of Fire: Centerville, Iowa
Age: 46
Date of Fire: 03/31/2012
Date of Death: 03/31/12
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke and Soot Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Nicholas Bambara
Location of Fire: Eddyville, IA
Age: 26
Date of Fire: 04/07/2012
Date of Death: 04/07/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire:1

Name: Tammy Wiley
Location of Fire: Ottumwa, Iowa
Age: 46
Date of Fire: 04/12/12
Date of Death: 04/16/12
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Complications of Thermal and Inhalation Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes-Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Patty Burton
Location of Fire: Des Moines, Iowa
Age: 82
Date of Fire: 04/15/2012
Date of Death: 04/15/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Inhalation of Products of Combustion
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detector
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Clifford Dilworth
Location of Fire: Davenport, IA
Age: 33
Date of Fire: 05/12/2012
Date of Death: 05/12/2012
Fire Cause: Incendiary
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Ralph Litterer
Location of Fire: Greene, Iowa
Age: 89
Date of Fire: 05/16/12
Date of Death: 05/17/12
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Thermal and Inhalation Injuries
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Richard Collison
Location of Fire: Onawa, Iowa
Age: 76
Date of Fire: 05/26/12
Date of Death: 05/26/12
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Eric Albrecht
Location of Fire: Truro, Iowa
Age: 42
Date of Fire: 06/02/2012
Date of Death: 06/03/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Thermal and Inhalation Injuries
Occupancy: Mechanic Shop
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Chris Mast
Location of Fire: Hazleton, Iowa
Age: 85
Date of Fire: 06/05/12
Date of Death: 06/05/12
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Secondary Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector:Yes - Unknown if working.
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Daryl Dosch
Location of Fire: Swisher, Iowa
Age:71
Date of Fire: 06/25/2012
Date of Death: 06/25/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Inhalation of Products of Combustion including Carbon Monoxide
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Jim Gaskill
Location of Fire: Ottumwa, Iowa
Age: 72
Date of Fire: 06/30/2012
Date of Death: 08/01/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Brian Marshall
Location of Fire: Sioux City, Iowa
Age: 42
Date of Fire: 07/05/2012
Date of Death: 07/05/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - Not working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Lois Moldenschardt
Location of Fire: Walcott, Iowa
Age: 87
Date of Fire: 07/08/2012
Date of Death: 07/08/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Ronald Gillen
Location of Fire: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Age: 81
Date of Fire: 07/16/2012
Date of Death: 07/16/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Fourth Degree Burns and Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes - Working, Lower Level Only
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: John Larson
Location of Fire: Britt, Iowa
Age: 38
Date of Fire: 07/17/2012
Date of Death: 07/18/2012
Fire Cause: Aircraft Crash
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Aircraft
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name:Leland Johnson
Location of Fire: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Age: 4
Date of Fire: 08/18/2012
Date of Death: 08/18/2012
Fire Cause: Incendiary
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: John Roberts
Location of Fire: Garwin, Iowa
Age:53
Date of Fire: 09/11/2012
Date of Death: 09/11/2012
Fire Cause: Arson
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes-Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Charles Green
Location of Fire: Conrad, Iowa
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 09/06/2012
Date of Death: 09/14/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Accute invasive zygomycosis, Fulminent hepatic necrosis, Severe burn injury
Occupancy: Outside
Smoke Detector:N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Larry Barrett
Location of Fire: Boone, Iowa
Age: 53
Date of Fire: 09/23/2012
Date of Death:10/13/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Complications of Thermal and Inhalation Injuries
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Unknown
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Delbert Rowse
Location of Fire: Sioux City, Iowa
Age:71
Date of Fire: 09/29/2012
Date of Death:09/29/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death:Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: Yes-Unknown if Working
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: David Robinson
Location of Fire:Des Moines, Iowa
Age:65
Date of Fire:10/25/2012
Date of Death: 10/25/2012
Fire Cause:Incendiary
Cause of Death: Inhalation of Smoke
Occupancy:Apartment
Smoke Detector:Yes-working in spare bedroom; unknown in bedroom and hallway
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Robert Jones
Location of Fire: Smithland, Iowa
Age: 76
Date of Fire: 10/31/2012
Date of Death: 10/31/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Garage/Shed
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Tyra Pierson
Location of Fire: Lake City, Iowa
Age: 22
Date of Fire: 11/13/2012
Date of Death: 11/13/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 4

Name: Madison Pierson
Location of Fire: Lake City, Iowa
Age: 8
Date of Fire: 11/13/2012
Date of Death: 11/13/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 4

Name: Wyatt Pierson
Location of Fire: Lake City, Iowa
Age: 3
Date of Fire: 11/13/2012
Date of Death: 11/13/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 4

Name: Xavier Pierson
Location of Fire: Lake City, Iowa
Age: 10 Months
Date of Fire: 11/13/2012
Date of Death: 11/13/2012
Fire Cause: Accidental
Cause of Death: Carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 4

Name: Edward McNair
Location of Fire: Van Meter, Iowa
Age:59
Date of Fire: 11/26/2012
Date of Death: 11/26/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: William Konicek
Location of Fire: Clutier, Iowa
Age: 69
Date of Fire: 11/28/2012
Date of Death: 11/28/2012
Fire Cause: Aircraft Crash
Cause of Death: Thermal and Blunt Force Injuries
Occupancy: Aircraft
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Lee Schroeder
Location of Fire: Correctionville, Iowa
Age: 53
Date of Fire: 12/01/2012
Date of Death: 12/01/2012
Fire Cause: Aircraft Crash
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Aircraft
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: James Smith
Location of Fire: Correctionville
Age: 55
Date of Fire: 12/01/2012
Date of Death: 12/01/2012
Fire Cause: Aircraft Crash
Cause of Death: Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Aircraft
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 2

Name: Roger Holtz
Location of Fire: Mason City, Iowa
Age: 80
Date of Fire: 12/07/2012
Date of Death: 12/07/2012
Fire Cause: Incendiary
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries
Occupancy: Vehicle
Smoke Detector: N/A
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Leonard Behnke
Location of Fire: Centralia, Iowa
Age:84
Date of Fire: 12/13/2012
Date of Death: 12/13/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Occupancy: Manufactured Home
Smoke Detector: None
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

Name: Mary Marie Purdy
Location of Fire: Carlisle, Iowa
Age: 71
Date of Fire: 12/22/2012
Date of Death: 12/23/2012
Fire Cause: Undetermined
Cause of Death: Thermal Burns
Occupancy: Residence
Smoke Detector: No Working Smoke Detectors
Number of Deaths related to fire: 1

 
Annual Fire Fatalities: 42

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