Clear Lake house fire causes $200,000 in damage

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Posted: Jan 19, 2020 3:18 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 1:20 AM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - A Sunday morning house fire in Clear Lake causes more than $200,000 in damage.

Just after 11:15 a.m., Clear Lake Fire and Police responded to the 500 block of 27th Avenue South.

When crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke and the fire showing from the basement. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to that level, but water and smoke damage was found throughout the home.

Authorities say the people inside were able to get out safely before they arrived and no one was injured.

Firefighters had to brave very cold temperatures during the fire. Captain Jim Finstad was one of the firefighters that responded to the fire, and says his department takes extra steps to stay warm, like putting on layers, covering up any exposed skin, and having extra sets of gloves while donning their gear.

"You get wet, and when you're inside the fire, it's not a big deal. Come outside, everything freezes and you can't move your fingers or anything, because the gloves are frozen solid, so it's nice to have an extra pair of gloves."

In addition, one concern firefighters focus on is keeping water moving.

"You have to make sure that you have water continually flowing. Even if you're not fighting fire at the time, you have to keep flowing water just so your hoses don't freeze because they'll freeze, and you won't be able to move them or get them to where you need to be."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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