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One dead, another life-flighted to burn unit after house destroyed by fire in rural Kossuth county

BURT, IOWA - One person is dead and a man was life-flighted by Mercy Air-Med to a burn unit in Iowa City after a fire destroyed a house in this small Kossuth county town.

BURT, IOWA – One person is dead and a man was life-flighted by Mercy Air-Med to a burn unit in Iowa City after a fire destroyed a house in this small Kossuth county town.

On February 2, 2023, at 1:30 AM, the Kossuth County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call of a house fire at 404 Walnut Street in Burt, Iowa. The caller was returning to Burt from night shift employment and saw the two-story home engulfed in flames.

The Burt Fire Department was paged and on the scene at 1:35 AM and requested assistance from the Algona Fire Department. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, Algona EMS, Burt EMS, Kossuth Emergency Management, Titonka Fire Department and Bancroft Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, fire personnel and law enforcement located a male subject that had escaped the residence and was in immediate need of medical attention. He was transported by Burt EMS and Algona EMS to the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. This person was then life-flighted by Mercy Air-Med out of Mason City to the Iowa City Burn Unit with second degree burns.

The male victim of the fire was able to tell responders that a female resident was still inside the home. Within 15 minutes of the call the roof had collapsed, and the home was destroyed. The State Fire Marshall’s Office was contacted and will assist in the investigation and recovery of the deceased female. The remains will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

This case remains under investigation.

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