Blaze destroys Storm Lake Home

Thursday, January 23, 2003

A mother and her three children are left without a home after a fire destroyed their mobile home located in the W. 9th Street trailer park.

Rosalia Valtierra and her three children, ages 13, 9 and 6, have been temporarily moved into a local motel pending further arrangements, according to Storm Lake Fire Chief Mike Jones. Both the Red Cross and IBP have provided assistance to Valtierra and her children. An account has been set up for public donations to assist the family.

No one was home at the time of the blaze, which was reported at approximately 8:46 a.m. yesterday morning. The fire was located at 502A West 9th St.

Firefighters found the mobile home to be completed engulfed in flames, Jones said.

After determining that no one was home, firefighters worked to extinguish the flames quickly and to protect neighboring mobile homes from catching fire from exposed flames, Jones said.

An investigation at the scene by the Storm Lake Fire Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office revealed that the fire started in the living room area, most likely when an electric heater ignited combustibles in that room, Jones said.

The mobile home and contents are considered a total loss.

The Storm Lake Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Storm Lake Police Department and Buena Vista County Paramedics.

There were no reported injuries.

The fire department was on the scene for approximately three hours.

An account to assist the Valtierra Family has been established at Citizens Community Credit Union located at 609 Flindt Drive in Storm Lake, 712-732-5400. Anyone wishing to provide financial assistance to the Valtierra family may forward contributions to the credit union.

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