Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Breaking News

March 25, 2013

Update: Fire on Robinson

Knoxville — A fire broke out around 1:45 p.m. at the former Knoxville Tax Service building. Damage has spread to nearby Sundance Realty. Smoke filled nearby businesses, including the Journal-Express. Occupants of the buildings were evacuated. Fire departments responding to the fire remain on scene. They include Knoxville, Knoxville Rural, Pella, Indiana Township and Pleasantville. 

The cause of the fire will be investigated. Knoxville Fire Chief Nick Bonstell said results could be available in a couple of days. From the time the call went out to the time the fire was extinguished, took one hour and 40 minutes. 

Firefighters are currently pumping out about 200 gallons of water from the basement of the Sundance Realty building. Tarps were placed over furniture and equipment inside. 

The decision was made by the fire departments early on to save the Sundance building. Firemen are still checking neighboring buildings to be sure that there are no more hot spots. 

Bonstell is thankful for all of the firemen and agencies who responded. He called fighting the fire a group effort. 

"All the guys did a great job," Bonstell said.

Other responding agencies included Knoxville Police, Marion County Emergency Management and Marion County Environmental Health. Hometown Meats also provided the firefighters with free sandwiches and beverages.

 

1
Text Only
Breaking News
Features
AP Video
Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message $5M Bond Set for Teens in Homeless Killings New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Obama Calls for Immediate Access to Crash Site Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal Shark Sightings a Big Catch for Cape Tourism Native American Teens Get Taste of College Legendary Actor James Garner Dies Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY Raw: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Visits Iowa Raw: High Winds Push Growing Washington Widlfire
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results