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Northwood house fire claims man’s life

NORTHWOOD – A house fire in Northwood took a man’s life.

On January 26, 2022 at 3:38 AM, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire at 201 14th St S in Northwood. A Worth county deputy arrived on-scene and was able to evacuate one resident from the home. The house became fully engulfed with flames. A second Worth county deputy arrived on-scene and efforts were made to evacuate a second resident from the home, but were unsuccessful due to the extent of the fire. The Northwood Fire Department arrived on-scene, took command, and began efforts to extinguish the fire. The first resident and the first deputy on-scene were transported to Mercy One Hospital in Mason City for smoke inhalation. The second resident was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Northwood Fire, Kensett Fire, Mason City Fire, Worth County Emergency Management, and Alliant Energy. The State Fire Marshal was contacted.

The case in under investigation at this time.

The male subject that perished in the house fire was 54-year-old Douglas Alan Braun of Northwood. The other occupant of the house and the deputy who were taken to Mercy One of North Iowa for possible smoke inhalation were treated and released that same day. No foul play is suspected but the case is still under investigation by the Northwood Fire, Worth County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal and the State Medical Examiner’s office.

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