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Family escapes fire

Four structures affected, $25,000 in damage estimated

January 12, 2012
By ABIGAIL PELZER - Managing Editor ( , Times-Republican

A family escaped a fire that spread to their house from a garage late Tuesday night in Marshalltown.

The Marshalltown Fire Department responded to the garage fire at 10 S. Third St. at approximately 11:15 p.m.

Scott Budge was on the computer in the home when he saw a red light from what he thought was a brake light from a car.

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"I went outside and saw the garage was up in flames," Budge said.

He woke up his mother, Susan Page, and they grabbed their dogs and left the house unharmed. Budge also lives in the home with his fiance, Sherri Benoit, who was at work at the time of the fire.

Fire Chief Steve Edwards said preliminary estimates indicate $25,000 in damage between four structures involved in the fire. A cause has not been determined, but an investigation is underway by the fire marshal, he said.

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The Marshalltown Fire Department is shown on scene of a fire at occurred at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday at 10 S. Third St. A family that was at home when their garage caught fire was able to evacuate safely.

Edwards said the fire in the garage spread to the house and also caused damage to a neighboring garage at 209 W. Church St. and siding on a house at 207 1/2 W. Church St.

"It's an older house with multiple roof lines on it and the fire got into the house and spread," Edwards said. "Once it got into the house it took us a little bit to get it under control."

The fire crew was on scene for approximately four hours.

Also damaged in the fire were power lines that supplied the House of Compassion, 211 W. Church St., and three nearby houses.

The House of Compassion was closed Wednesday, but Alliant Energy crews restored power by 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Page rents the home at 10 S. Third St. from a friend in Cedar Rapids and hopes to purchase it. While the damage to the home was unsettling she said she hadn't had time to fully process the event.

"It hasn't hit me yet," she said.

Edwards was hopeful that house could be rehabbed and wouldn't be a complete loss, but said it was too early to tell on Wednesday.



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