Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Schools

December 12, 2013

Donations being collected for Pleasantville fire victims

Pleasantville — A Pleasantville family lost their home to a trailer fire last night, and the school district is collecting donations to help the victims. 

Pleasantville Fire Chief Jordan Ven Ness told the Journal-Express that a trailer in the Pleasan Village Trailer Park was lost in a grease fire Wednesday evening. One occupant, Patrick Zubrod, was home at the time. According to Van Ness, Zubrod said he was cooking and something "popped," which caused the fire. 

Van Ness said he arrived on the scene within minutes and most of the trailer was already engulfed in flames. The majority of the fire was knocked down by the first engine on the scene, with the rest of the fire extinguished within 20 minutes. 

Pleasantville Emergency Services was assisted on the call by the Pleasantville Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Knoxville Fire/Rescue and Knoxville Rural Fire Department. The closest hydrant to fight the fire was buried, which forced the fire department to run a line across Business HIghway 5. The Sheriff's Department closed the road for a couple of hours for this reason. 

Van Ness and Pleasantville Police Chief Joe Mrstik said there was nothing suspicious about the fire and no further investigation is being conducted. Van Ness reminds the public not to throw water on a grease fire, as it causes the fire to spread. He was unsure whether or not that happened with this fire. 

There were no injuries during the fire, but the trailer was a total loss. The family lost everything in the fire. The Pleasantville School District is collecting donations for the family. 

Patrick Zubrod, the father, wears 2XL tops and 36/38 pants. His wife, Danyelle Zubrod, wears XL tops and size 33 pants. 

The couple have a three-year-old girl who wears size 4T clothes and size 5 shoes. They also have a nine-year-old girl who wears youth size large clothes (10-12) and size 7 women's shoes. The e-mail sent to parents also requests household items such as blankets, bedding, pillows, towels and kitchenware. 

Cash donations are also being accepted. Checks can be made out to Danyelle Zubrod. Donations can be brought to the high school or elementary school. 

Mrstik said, to his knowledge, the family is staying with relatives at this time. 

1
Text Only
Schools
  • Kville school board 2013.jpg Busy night for Knoxville School Board

    The Knoxville School Board met in regular session Monday night, with many things to discuss. 

    May 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • retirees.jpg Retiree celebration planned for Friday

    The Knoxville Community School District will see several excellent professionals retire at the end of the 2013 ~ 2014 school year. Ten of those retirees are from Northstar and to honor those dedicated professionals, Northstar will be hosting a community reception for them. 

    May 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kville school board 2013.jpg Knoxville School Board meets Monday

    The Knoxville School Board is expected to accept several personnel placements for the coming school year at its regular meeting on Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. 

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • West donation to Davis.jpg West students help Davis family

    The students, faculty and staff of West Elementary have once again opened their hearts and piggy banks. In the month of March, West Elementary raised $1,838.55 for Penelope Davis, a toddler stricken with cancer. 

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tracy Wilkins.jpg Wilkins eager to lead KHS

    The Knoxville School Board officially approved a contract with Tracy Wilkins Thursday night. Wilkins is set to take over as Principal of Knoxville High School for the coming school year. 

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Megan Suhr.jpg MC Democrats to hold Education Forum

    The Marion County Democrats will hold its latest educational forum on Wednesday, April 9, with a focus on educational issues. 

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kville school board 2013.jpg Hearings on Monday's board agenda

    Public hearings regarding the proposed 2014-15 Knoxville Schools budget and calendar are on the agenda for the Monday, March 24, school board meeting. 

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wesley & Jessica.jpg One special prom date

    Prom night has long been a rite of passage for American high school students. Knoxville High School Prom 2014 will include one couple that no one ever expected to have the ability to take part. 

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • West jump rope pic.jpg West Elementary raises $4,800 for American Heart Association

    Students in grades KinderPrep through First at West Elementary have jumped their way to raising $4,800 for the American Heart Association. 

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pleasantville School Board members.jpg Updated: Pleasantville Board to respond to union's offer

    The Pleasantville School Board will meet Tuesday, March 11, at 4 p.m., in an open meeting to present its initial offer to the teachers' union, the Pleasantville Education Association, regarding the next contract. The PEA presented its initial proposal on Tuesday. 

    March 7, 2014 1 Photo

Features
AP Video
Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Obama Asks Central American Leaders for Help Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Obama Advisor Skips House Hearing Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman
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