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Firefighters extinguish small Charles City garage fire Wednesday afternoon

  • Firefighters remove exterior siding and sheeting at an unattached garage on Spriggs Street Wednesday afternoon so they can get at a fire in the wall. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Charles City firefighters extinguish a small fire after removing exterior siding and sheeting from an unattached garage on Spriggs Street Wednesday afternoon. The department was called to the scene after smoke was reported coming from the building. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple uses a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots as firefighters put out a small fire in the wall of an unattached garage on Spriggs Street Wednesday afternoon. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A Floyd Search and Rescue firefighter uses a thermal imager to check for hot spots on the roof of a garage on Spriggs Street in Charles City Wednesday afternoon, while other firefighters look for fire in the wall. Press photo by Bob Steenson

Press Staff Report

Charles City firefighters spent about 45 minutes putting out a garage fire in the northwest part of town Wednesday afternoon.

The Fire Department responded to a 911 report of a garage on fire at 103 Spriggs St. a little before 2 p.m. Upon arrival, smoke was visible from one side of a residential detached garage, near the roof line, said Fire Chief Eric Whipple.

The firefighters didn’t find any smoke or fire inside the building, but after removing siding and sheeting from the exterior of the garage where the smoke was coming out they found a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

“Further inspection with thermal imaging and some additional removal of material from the garage ensured that the fire was completely extinguished with no further fire spread,” Whipple said. “The fire was deemed under control within 15 minutes of arrival.”

No injuries were reported and no other buildings were damaged.

According to Floyd County Assessor online records, the home is owned by Keith Dykstra, Whipple said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the fire started on the exterior at the base of the garage near the slab, Whipple said. There was minor fire and water damage to a portion of the garage.

The Fire Department was back at the station and in service around 2:41 p.m.

The CCFD responded with about 15 firefighters and two engines. They were assisted by the 911 Communications Center, and at the scene by the Charles City Police Department, AMR Ambulance, Colwell Fire Department, and the Floyd Fire Department.

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