Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 25, 2013

Update: Fire on Robinson

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

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.