Burlington, Ia- At 10:27 AM Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the Burlington Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at 217 S. Woodlawn Street in Burlington.
Firefighters arrived 4 minutes later to find smoke and flames showing from the 4-unit apartment house. Firefighters faced challenges extinguishing the fire due to the cold weather and icy conditions. Firefighters were able to locate the base of the fire in a 1st-floor apartment and had the fire extinguished by 11:45 AM.
Two of the apartments were occupied at the time of the fire and everyone was able to escape without injury. The occupants were alerted to the fire in an unoccupied apartment by working smoke alarms. Damages are still being assessed, but the apartment house is most likely a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Burlington Fire Department and is not considered suspicious.