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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.

2015 Fire Fatalities:

Name Age Location Fire Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector
Dorothy Ceballos 49 Council Bluffs 01/02/15 01/02/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Herb Hackbarth 76 Steamboat Rock 01/16/15 01/16/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Residence None Present
Earl Higdon 87 Douds 01/21/15 01/21/15 Accidental Thermal Injuries Residence None Present
Sherry McNabb 54 Cherokee 01/26/15 01/26/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Paul McDaniel 57 Atlantic 02/04/15 02/04/15 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Denise McDaniel 57 Atlantic 02/04/15 02/05/15 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Mary Ann Hilby 75 Waterloo 02/18/15 02/18/15 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
James "Jim" Bealer 75 Maquoketa 02/26/15 03/01/15 Accidental Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Auto Repair Shop None Present
Patrick Murphy II 50 Des Moines 02/08/15 02/08/15 Accidental Inhalation of Products of Combustion Vehicle N/A
Amy Devlin 25 Fort Dodge 02/22/15 02/22/15 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Some Working, Unknown if All Working
Bryce Devlin 6 mos. Fort Dodge 02/22/15 02/22/15 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Some Working, Unknown if All Working
Joseph Kennedy 5 Fort Dodge 02/22/15 02/22/15 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Some Working, Unknown if All Working
Julia Schlichte 47 Manning 02/28/15 02/28/15 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Stephanie Nicole Ford 33 Davenport 03/15/15 03/15/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence

Present, Working

Xiangyi "Sonny" Wang 25 Ames 03/22/15 03/22/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown If Working
Glenn V Halbur 59 Lake View 04/06/15 04/06/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Aaron Henning 39 Colfax 05/25/15 06/01/15 Accidental Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Lori McPoland 44 Dubuque 05/28/15 05/28/15 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Steve Bradenburg 73 Maquoketa 06/25/15 06/25/15 Undetermined Thermal Injuries & Blunt Force Trauma Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Spencer Peck 94 Bellevue 08/10/15 08/10/15 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Kenneth Wise 60 Des Moines 08/15/15 09/27/15 Intentional/Arson Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Linda Barber 67 Anita 10/09/15 10/09/15 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Yes, Not Working, No Battery
Matthew Ferleman 43 Cedar Falls 10/10/15 10/10/15 Explosive/Accidental Thermal Injuries Motel Yes, Working
Rebecca Lavenz 64 Waterloo 10/20/15 10/20/15 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Nicholas Torres 3 Sioux City 10/31/15 10/31/15 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Steve Sadler 61 Charles City 11/10/15 11/10/15 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Multi Story Apartment Yes, Working
Marla Moyers 55 Burlington 11/14/15 11/14/15 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Snigle Family Residence Yes, Not Working
Beatrice Turner McKee 102 Keokuk 11/15/15 11/18/15 Accidental Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Apartment Yes, Working
Janeen Bier 55 Waterloo 12/01/15 12/01/15 Incendiary Thermal Injuries & Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Wendy Waldemar 37 Denison 12/12/15 12/12/15 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Patricia Skiye 47 Cedar Rapids 12/20/15 12/20/15 Intentional Thermal Injuries Manufactured House Present, Unknown if Working

 
2015 Fire Fatalities: 31
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