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September 25, 2012

OFD responds to multiple weekend fires

OSKALOOSA — A Saturday night fire destroyed a home just outside the Oskaloosa city limits on Highway 63.

The Oskaloosa Fire Department received a call about a house fire at 9:44 p.m. at 2694 Highway 63. Marion Junior Van Gorp owned the home that Jennifer Hanigan’s family occupied at the time of the blaze.

“The home and its contents are a total loss,” Fire Capt. Dave Christenson said. He said four children and a babysitter were at home and they all made it out of the house. No one was injured, he added.

The Eddyville and Fremont fire departments provided mutual aid. Also, the Oskaloosa Police Department, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office and Mahaska Ambulance assisted firefighters on scene.

The firefighters left the home at 1:55 a.m. Christenson said.

Oskaloosa firefighters also responded to two other fires earlier in the day.

The Oskaloosa Fire Department received a call at 2:49 p.m. about a barn fire north of Oskaloosa High School near the recreation trail, Christenson said. Firefighters were on scene for an hour and the fire was determined to be suspicious, he added.

The fire department also responded to a small building fire at 4:56 p.m. at 1809 278th St. The building, owned by Dan Nieuwsma, was a total loss. The fire was determined to be accidental, Christenson said.

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