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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.

2013 Fire Fatalities:

Name Age Location Fire Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector
Max Morrison 65 Clutier 11/28/12 01/08/13 Aircraft Crash Sepsis-Organ Failure due to Thermal Burns Aircraft N/A
Gaylen Knaack 70 Correctionville 12/01/12 01/12/13 Aircraft Crash Infection due to thermal burns Aircraft N/A
Katherine Edgington 42 Oskaloosa 01/31/13 01/31/13 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Residence None
James Wurster 74 Lenox 02/08/13 02/09/13 Burning Trash Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Mark Vanderwoude 43 Council Bluffs 02/25/13 02/25/13

Arson Explosion

Smoke Inhalation Residence Yes-Working
Marlin Schutte 61 Postville 03/13/13 03/13/13

Arson

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning due to Smoke Inhalation Apartment

Yes-Working

Kari Jones 43 Okoboji 05/15/13 05/18/13 Suicide Thermal Injuries Outside/Apt Building N/A
Nyakouth Chuol 17 Boone 05/17/13 05/17/13 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Residence Single Station & Partial Alarm System-Working
Cyril J. Hawkins 41 New Sharon 06/01/13 06/01/13 Arson Thermal Injuries Motor Vehicle N/A
Jaileigh Posey 7 Independence 06/28/13 06/28/13 Unknown Smoke Inhalation Apartment Building Yes-Not Working Battery Removed
Susan J. Smid 58 Sioux City 08/22/13 08/22/13 Accidental Smoke Inhalation/Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Residence Yes-Working
Stephen O. Smid 58 Sioux City 08/22/13 08/22/13 Accidental Smoke Inhalation/Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Residence Yes-Working
Tina Marie Reed 50 Kiron 08/24/13 08/24/13 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Residence Yes-Not Working No Battery
Donald Running 88 Urbandale 09/07/13 09/07/13 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Residence Yes-Unknown If Working
Sheryl M. Pringle 45 Waterloo 09/09/13 09/09/13 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None Found
Chad J. Niichel 39 Waterloo 09/09/13 09/09/13 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation, Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None Found
Jerry E. Hensen 75 West Burlington 09/10/13 09/10/13 Accidental Asphyxia due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Manufactured Home Yes-Non-Functional-No Batteries
Christopher Allsup 10 Earlham 09/21/13 09/21/13 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors-Bonfire N/A
Delbert Koller 82 Donnellson 09/24/13 10/10/13 Accidental Thermal Injuries Motor Vehicle N/A
Jacqueline Polite 56 Bondurant 10/14/13 10/14/13 Accidental Asphyxia due to Products of Combustion Residence Yes-Not Working
Mary Applegate 72 Gladbrook 10/31/13 10/31/13

Accidental/
Explosion

Smoke Inhalation/Thermal Injuries/Blunt Force Trauma Residence Unknown
Mark Mayberry 53 Wyoming 11/08/13 11/08/13 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning due to Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Yes-Not Working
Ralplh D. Lyons, Sr. 86 Estherville 11/29/13 11/29/13 Accidental/Smoking with Oxygen Smoke Inhalation, Thermal Injuries Residence Yes-Not Working
Audie C. Ellard II 59 St. Paul, IA 12/09/13 12/09/13 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Karma K. Ellard 52 St. Paul, IA 12/09/13 12/09/13 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Travis Bach 26 Council Bluffs 12/31/13 12/31/13 Arson Thermal Injuries Residence Unknown

 
2013 Fire Fatalities: 26
 
 

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