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Firefighters battle fire, smoke, cold in Charles City house fire

  • Smoke billows from a house at 207 9th Ave. in Charles City Tuesday morning as firefighters put out the fire. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Charles City firefighters use an aerial ladder truck to access an attic window to fight a fire at a house at 207 9th Ave. Tuesday morning. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Charles City firefighters use an aerial ladder truck to access an attic window to fight a fire at a house at 207 9th Ave. Tuesday morning. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Firefighters enter a house at 207 9th Ave. in Charles City to fight the fire from within. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Charles City firefighters use an aerial ladder truck to access an attic window to fight a fire at a house at 207 9th Ave. Tuesday morning. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Charles City firefighters use an aerial ladder truck to access an attic window to fight a fire at a house at 207 9th Ave. Tuesday morning. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Firefighters access the rear of a house at 207 9th Ave. in Charles City Tuesday morning to fight a fire. Press photo by Bob Steenson

By Bob Steenson, bsteenson@charlescitypress.com

Units from four departments responded to a house fire in Charles City Tuesday morning in frigid 10-degree weather.

Huge billows of smoke were rolling out of the house at 207 9th Ave. as firefighters from Charles City, Floyd, Colwell and Nashua got it under control.

Darien Uetz, a firefighter and inspector with the Charles City Fire Department, said the occupant of the house said he was burning incense and that is a probable cause of the fire.

The occupant reported the fire and was able to get out safely, Uetz said.

Even though all of the fire damage was to the attic stairway and higher in the home, the house is probably a total loss because the whole roof structure is gone and because of water damage from the firefighting efforts, Uetz said.

The Charles City department’s aerial ladder truck was used to reach an attic window and shoot a blast of water into the building. A few limbs on a tree had to be trimmed to give the aerial ladder access.

The Charles City Fire Department was called back to the scene later in the afternoon when some hot spots began smoking again.

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