City fire forces 7 to flee; 4 people left homeless

Four people were left homeless after an attic fire at 12:17 a.m. Sunday at 2334 and 2336 Linn St.

The city fire department was dispatched on a report that the occupants of the building could smell smoke. Firefighters took nearly 2/1/2 hours to tame the flames coming from the duplex’s attic, according to the county 911 center report.

Seven tenants were displaced that night, according to Platoon Chief R. Frank Shank.

The occupants of the 2334 side were able to re-entered their dwelling, but those on the 2336 side have yet to return. The fire started in the 2336 side’s attic. The cause of the fire still is under investigation.

Officials identified those effected as Melissa K. Striby, Rose Sauter, Heather Reeder, Michael Mitchelltree and Curtis and Caden Keyes as well as the property owner Kurt Brungard.

The American Red Cross is helping to place those in need of temporary housing, Shank said.

There was $10,000 worth of damage, according to Assistant Chief Todd Heckman.