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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.

2017 Fire Fatalities:

Name Age Location Fire Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector
Richard Thomson 72 Iowa City 01/08/17 01/08/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present
Gladys Beenblossom 74 Washington 01/20/17 01/20/17 Accidental Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Luong Quang Lee 44 Waterloo 01/24/17 01/24/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Deloise Veith 88 Des Moines 01/29/17 01/29/17 Accidental Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Linda Gale Haley 68 Benton 02/10/17 02/10/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence

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Robert Fey Haley 71 Benton 02/10/17 02/10/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Robert Michalec 91 Keystone 02/14/17 02/14/17 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Allen Michalec 69 Keystone 02/14/17 02/14/17 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Lester Davis 51 Webster City 03/08/17 03/08/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Apartment (2 unit) None Present
Charles Flanders 52 Des Moines 03/15/17 03/15/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Garage N/A
Dale Cook 84 Sac City 04/10/17 04/10/17 Accidental Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Catherine Foster 56 Brooklyn 04/27/17 04/27/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present
Tiffany Owens 38 Burlington 05/07/17 05/07/17 Accidental Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Duplex Present, Working
Shakiah Cockerhan 16 Guthrie Center 05/15/17 05/15/17 Arson Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Melanie Exline 12 Guthrie Center 05/15/17 05/15/17 Arson Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Rosetta Toole 57 Des Moines 05/25/17 05/25/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Multi Story Apartment Present, Working
Henry Ellis Jr 71 Des Moines 05/25/17 05/25/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Multi Story Apartment Present, Working
Christopher Landers 32 Des Moines 05/25/17 05/25/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Multi Story Apartment Present, Working
Richard Cropsey 64 Des Moines 05/25/17 05/25/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Multi Story Apartment Present, Working
Susan Peckham 70 Centerville 06/03/17 06/03/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None Present
Jessica Southard 29 Algona 06/20/17 06/20/17 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Karen Lierley 69 Algona 06/20/17 06/23/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion/Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Bradley Boyle 66 West Union 06/23/17 06/23/17 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Mathew Goodvin 39 Sloan 07/03/17 07/03/17 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation / Products of Combustion Manufactured Home Present, Working
Dallas Seward 41 Onawa 07/03/17 07/09/17 Incendiary Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Mary Blow 43 Waterloo 07/15/17 08/11/17 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Campfire N/A
James Schulte 56 Keokuk 07/22/17 07/22/17 Intentional Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence Unknown
Robert Faas 88 Ladora 07/31/17 08/01/17 Accidental Thermal Injuries Shop Building N/A
Christopher Lenhart 26 Des Moines 08/25/17 08/27/17 Arson Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Norine Mahlberg 87 Panama 09/25/17 09/25/17 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working

 
2017 Fire Fatalities: 30
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