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MASON CITY – Two garage fires earlier this week caused serious damage to those structures and surrounding buildings.
Mason City fire fighters responded to a fire reported on Sunday, November 25th at 218 8th Place SE at about 10:40 PM. A detached garage at that location was burning when fire fighters arrived.
According to the fire report, during the response, dispatch advised that a police officer was on scene and the garage was on fire. Shortly after the first update, dispatch advised the fire was spreading to the house and someone was inside. Upon arrival, the garage was fully involved in fire. The side entrance of the house was on fire as well. Fire on the exterior of the house was quickly extinguished. The person inside the house left on his own at that time. An investigation revealed a barrel stove was being used to burn wood in the garage and it ignited combustibles located to close to the stove.
There was an estimated $6,000 in damage to the garage and $4,000 damage to the house at 1625 N. Washington. An adjacent garage at 251 8th Pl. SE also incurred about $2,000 in damage.
A second detached garage fire was reported on Tuesday, November 27th at 1625 N. Washington Ave. at about 2:26 AM. The fire at that location was spreading to another nearby garage. The cause of the fire was undetermined after investigation. There was an estimated $40,000 in damage at this location.
In addition, there was about $2,000 in damage to a structure at 1629 N. Washington Ave. caused by this fire.