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Flames destroy minvan in Clear Lake

Cigarette being blamed for the fire.

Posted: Nov. 3, 2018 4:23 PM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – A discarded cigarette is being blamed for an early morning fire that destroyed a minivan.

The Clear Lake Fire Department was called to the 800 block of Maple lane just before 3:30 am Saturday for a car fire. Two engine companies, one ambulance, 10 firefighters, and two medics responded.

The Clear Lake Police Department arrived at the scene first and says flames were consuming a 2000 Toyota Sienna in a driveway, parked closed to a house. Firefighters then quickly arrived and extinguished the blaze.

No one was injured but the minivan is being considered a total loss. The Fire Department says it appears an improperly discarded cigarette started the flames in the cabin of the Sienna.

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