SPENCER, IOWA – A building blaze in downtown Spencer sent three people to the hospital, damaged businesses, hurt pets and forced evacuation of others.
Spencer police say that on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 12:36 PM, Spencer Fire-Rescue was dispatched to 215 Grand Avenue Apartment #5. The occupant of Apt #5 called 911 and advised that she had just gotten home and that there was a lot of smoke in the apartment.
On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the second floor windows on the front and rear of 221 Grand Avenue. Firefighters deployed attack lines and entered the second floor of 221 Grand Avenue where they encountered heavy smoke and high heat conditions as they pushed to the fire apartment.
While attacking the fire, the roof started to fail, forcing firefighters to evacuate the second floor of the fire building and into a defensive firefighting operation. Elevated streams from two ladder trucks were then used to bring the fire under control.
Almost all occupants were forced to evacuate the building on arrival of firefighters. Spencer firefighters did assist one occupant out of the building. Three occupants were treated at Spencer Hospital ER for smoke inhalation. Spencer firefighters also removed 3 pets from the building and they were transported to Homestead Small Animal Practice for treatment.
The second floor and roof at 221 Grand Avenue suffered extreme fire damage with smoke damage throughout the second floor of the adjoining buildings. Several businesses suffered minor to extreme water damage.
The fire remains investigation at this time.
Twenty-two Spencer firefighters responded and were on the scene for approximately 8 hours. Mutual aid assistance was requested from Every Fire-Rescue, and a 100 foot aerial ladder from Spirit Lake Fire Dept.
Also assisting on the scene was Spencer Hospital Paramedics, Spencer Police Dept, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Agency, Iowa DOT Traffic Management Center, Black Hills Energy, Spencer Municipal Utilities, Spencer Street Dept, and the American Red Cross.
(Photo of fire via Spencer police)