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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.

2016 Fire Fatalities:

Name Age Location Fire Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector
Daniel Mielk 48 Breda 01/08/16 01/08/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation & Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Rebecca Ferrall 33 Montrose 01/11/16 01/11/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Jayden Trent 9 Montrose 01/11/16 01/11/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Landen Trent 2 Montrose 01/11/16 01/11/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Amber Sorenson 27 Boxholm 01/17/16 01/17/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Riley Sorenson 9 Boxholm 01/7/16 01/17/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Autumn Sorenson 6 Boxholm 01/17/16 01/17/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Brayden Sorenson 4 Boxholm 01/17/16 01/17/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Janet Campbell 67 DeWitt 01/22/16 01/22/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation & Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Occupants Not Alerted
Koua Moua 25 Council Bluffs 02/06/16 02/06/16 Intentional Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Patricia M. Henning 77 Knoxville 02/07/16 02/07/16 Accidental, Careless Discard of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation & Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Neil Johnston 48 Des Moines 02/09/16 02/09/16 Intentional Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Sherry Daniels 64 Burlington 02/09/16 02/09/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Brian Houston 44 Des Moines 02/09/16 02/09/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Ray Reed 53 Waterloo 02/12/16 02/12/16 Undetermined, Careless Discard of Smoking Materials Smok Inhalation & Thermal Injuries Apartment Yes, Working
Ronald Jacobs 76 Cedar Rapids 02/15/16 02/15/16 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None Present
Karen Jacobs 76 Cedar Rapids 02/15/16 02/15/16 Undetermined Thermal Injuries & Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None Present
Stella Neighbors 67 Council Bluffs 03/04/16 03/04/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Norman McMurrin 77 Independence 03/07/16 03/25/16 Intentional/Brush Fire Complications from Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Robyn Furmanski 62 Cedar Rapids 03/31/16 03/31/16 Arson Smoke Inhalation & Thermal Injuries 6-Unit Condo Present, Unknown if Working
Charles "Chuck" Darby 69 Ainsworth 03/31/16 03/31/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Dennis Hutchinson 59 Des Moines 04/01/16 04/01/16 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Donald Smith 67 Salem 04/18/16 04/22/16 Accidental Complications from Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Anthony Shelton 50 Davenport 04/18/16 04/18/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation & Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None Present
Glen Lamp 67 Davenport 05/10/16 05/10/16 Accidental, Careless Discard of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Jiaxin Duan 27 Iowa City 05/27/16 05/27/16 Arson/Suicide Thermal Injuries/Smoke Inhalation Apartment Yes, Working
Deshia Matthew 22 Washington 06/19/16 06/19/16 Accidental Thermal Injuries/Smoke Inhalation Two-Story Rental House None Present
Melody Bole 53 Casey 07/01/16 07/01/16 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning/Therma Injuries Single Family Residence None Present
Delores Birdsall 74 Sheffield 07/17/16 07/17/16 Undetermined Thermal Injuries/Inhalation Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Alan Porter 98 Dayton 07/28/16 07/28/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Richard W Hartley 58 Ottumwa 08/18/16 08/18/16 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Naquave Whitlock 22 Cedar Rapids 08/23/16 08/23/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Michael Nelson 46 Polk City 09/06/16 09/06/16 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Paul Chesmore 76 Marion 09/30/16 09/30/16 Accidental Flame and Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence None Present
Deana Smith 50 Keokuk 10/01/16 10/01/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation/Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Apartment Present, Not Working
Kenneth Krumwiede 61 Council Bluffs 10/07/16 10/23/16 Undetermined Complication of Thermal Injuries Industrial N/A
Ross Olds 55 Des Moines 10/09/16 10/10/16 Accidental Complication of Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Connie Hartwig 61 Dunkerton 10/20/16 10/22/16 Accidental Complication of Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Charles Akey 59 West Burlington 10/21/16 10/21/16 Accidental Complication of Thermal Injuries Residential Garage N/A
Stanley Strock 85 Des Moines 11/14/16 11/14/16 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present
Joanna Alexander 72 Ames 11/14/16 11/14/16 Accidental Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Ronald Dittmer 77 New Virginia 12/03/16 12/03/16 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Manufactured Home None Present
Harley Moore 4 Perry 12/08/16 12/08/16 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present
Julie Anne Rhea 63 Oelwein 12/08/16 12/08/16 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Motorhome N/A
Vicente Gonzalez 3 Mason City 12/10/16 12/10/16 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present
Tracy Lynn Williams 52 Riverside 12/19/16 12/19/16 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation 2 Unit Apartment None Present
Daniel Planz 59 Titonka 12/27/16 12/27/16 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present

 
2016 Fire Fatalities: 47
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