January 6, 2022
At 2:37 am Thursday January 6, 2022 the Burlington Fire Department was called for a mobile home fire at 14876 Washington Road, lot 193, rural West Burlington in Flint River Township. Firefighters arrived at 2:46 am to find a mobile home fully involved in fire. Firefighters and deputies worked to determine if anyone was inside the mobile home while bringing the fire under control. The fire was brought under control by 3:18 am.
The damage caused by the fire was extensive. During a search of the mobile home a body was located. The body was removed and taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for identification.
The mobile home is owned by Homes in Iowa and is managed by Timberline Estates. Damage estimates are still being assessed.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Burlington Fire Department, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Ten Burlington firefighters responded to the initial call and were assisted by firefighters from Danville, Gladstone, Mediapolis, and West Burlington who provided manpower and water tenders. Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office and the Secondary Roads Department, Alliant Energy, and REC also assisted at the scene. There were no injuries. Firefighters cleared the scene at 8:35 am.