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Neighbors shocked by fatal house fire

Officials say the cause is electrical and started from a multi-plug surge protector.

Posted: Dec 2, 2017 8:19 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2017 10:49 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - The state fire marshal is not yet releasing the name of the victim because they are still notifying family members.

But what we do know is that the fire has been ruled accidental.

Officials say the cause is electrical and started from a multi-plug surge protector.

It happened at 927 North Tyler Avenue.

One neighbor tell us she arrived home shortly after the house fire and has lived in the neighborhood for the past 47 years and has never experienced anything tragic like this.

“We just stood back and watched at that point and the after the fire was out we went and talked to the family and gave them our sympathy and we really feel bad,” says Karen Squier.

The state fire marshal's office says they expect to release the identity of the victim in the next few days.

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