Iowa Fire Fatalities

Each year, communities across the State of Iowa lose citizens to fires in a multitude of ways. However, most of the fatalities occur in the home. Below is a glimpse at the tragedy that is fire related fatalities in Iowa.  While reviewing the list of the deceased, please take note that many of the homes did not have properly working smoke detectors.

Current Fire Data

According to the latest U.S. data, a house fire occurs every 88 seconds. In 2017, fire departments responded to 357,000 home fires, which resulted in 2,630 fatalities, 10,600 injuries and $7.7 billion in cumulative property loss. Most of these incidents were preventable, in the sense that they were caused by human behavior (leaving appliances unattended, overloading electrical circuits or the improper disposal of combustible materials) rather than faulty equipment or spontaneous accidents.

Despite a drop in the number of fires, the rate of fire-caused fatalities has remained steady, partly due to modern building trends like open spaces, the increased use of synthetic materials and lightweight wood construction, all of which cause fires to spread more quickly.

You used to have seven to eight minutes to leave your home after you heard the smoke alarm. Now, you have one or two minutes from the time the alarm sounds. You need to be prepared in advance of a fire.  Make sure you have properly maintained and fully functional smoke detectors and evacuation/escape plans.

2020 - Total Fatalities:  26

2020 Fire Fatalities

Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Patrick McTaggert 70 Elkader January 19, 2020 January 19, 2020 Accidental Asphyxia Due to Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Yes, Working
Andrew Godbersen 57 Sioux City February 7, 2020 February 7, 2020 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Apartment House None Present
Jessica Fischer 24 Sioux City February 7, 2020 February 7, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment House None Present
Juan Galarza 26 Sioux City February 7, 2020 February 7, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment House None Present
Jeff Stallman 58 Walford February 13, 2020 February 13, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injury Machine Shed None Present
Larry Classon 70 Spencer February 13, 2020 February 13,2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Undetermined
Thomas Gustafson 35 Davenport March 13, 2020 March 13, 2020 Undetermined Complications from Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Tharassa Page 40 Des Moines March 15, 2020 March 15, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Duplex Present, Not Working
Red Eagle Page 5 Des Moines March 15, 2020 March 15, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Duplex Present, Not Working
Debra Robinson 64 Winterset March 28, 2020 March 28, 2020 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None Present
Randy A Johnson 59 Pleasantville April 3, 2020 April 6, 2020 Accidental/Careless Discarding of Smoke Materials Cutaneous and Inhalation Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None Present
Patricia Gray 65 Burlington April 17, 2020 April 17, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Mitchell Blanchard 30 Ankeny April 22, 2020 April 22, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injury Multi-Unit Apartment Present, Working
Everett Griffin 31 Charles City April 24, 2020 April 24, 2020 Accidental/Cooking Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Michael Shannon 66 Washington May 2, 2020 May 2, 2020 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Sherry Bertsch 58 Washington May 2, 2020 May 2, 2020 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Patrick McDowell 68 Anamosa May 3, 2020 May 3, 2020 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Undetermined
Darrold Barclay 60 Sioux City May 17, 2020 May 22, 2020 Accidental/Smoking Materials Complications from Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Nathaniel M Lerud 33 Burlington May 25, 2020 May 26, 2020 Intentional/Suicide Thermal Injuries and Blunt Force Trauma Outdoors N/A
Allen Lathrop 85 Mason City July 7, 2020 July 7, 2020 Accidental Thermal Injury Machine Shed N/A
Marcus Wise 67 Des Moines July 19, 2020 July 19, 2020 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment House None Present
Thomas Childs 71 Traer July 24, 2020 August 1, 2020 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Jeanne Miller 67 Fort Dodge July 26, 2020 July 26, 2020 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Apartment Building Present, Working
Dennis Kellar 76 Decatur August 25, 2020 August 28, 2020 Accidental Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Clinton Wellman 32 West Point September 5, 2020 September 6, 2020 Intentional/Suicide Thermal Injuries Shed N/A
Richard Miller 67 Boone September 5, 2020 September 7, 2020 Accidental Thermal Injuries Garage N/A
2019 - Total Fatalities:  50
2019 Fire Fatalities
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Charles Ruckman 59 Council Bluffs January 8, 2019 January 8, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation 4-Plex Apartment Present, Unknown if Working
Lisa Kloft 53 Sherrill January 9, 2019 January 9, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Naima Hodzic 83 Des Moines January 9, 2019 January 25, 2019 Arson Complications of Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
Albert Schmitt 30 Evansdale January 14, 2019 January 14, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
William Taylor 88 Millersburg January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Shari Allen-Boyce 44 Humeston January 20, 2019 January 20, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Santos Calderon-Alverado 70 Boone January 24, 2019 January 24, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
David Sadaro 73 Mystic January 30, 2019 January 30, 2019 Undetermined Complications of Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
William Beall 74 Ottumwa February 3, 2019 February 3, 2019 Undetermined Complications of Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
Wanda Hopper 66 Des Moines February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
Randy Beebe 60 Des Moines February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
Melissa Jensen 42 Cedar Falls February 14, 2019 February 16, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
David Fogle 7 Oskaloosa February 14, 2019 February 15, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Unknown if Working
Dennis Weems 66 Melrose February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown if Present
Amy Wentz 35 Muscatine February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Andreah Schroeder 17 Muscatine February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Lily Wentz 6 Muscatine February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Craig Balvin 65 Cedar Rapids February 28, 2019 March 2, 2019 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment Building Present, Working
Audrey Wilson 56 Kirkville March 6, 2019 March 6, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home Present, Working
David Yuska 71 Waterloo March 16, 2019 March 16, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Donald Schrader 72 Iowa City March 18, 2019 March 18, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Evangeline Glazebrook 85 Waterloo March 25, 2019 March 25, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Hamilton Parker 32 Fort Madison March 28, 2019 March 29, 2019 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Toni Cooley 61 Cedar Rapids April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Howard Ruisis 65 Altoona April 3, 2019 April 3, 2019 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Christopher LePire 47 Riverside April 9, 2019 April 9, 2019 Incendiary Inhalation of Products of Combustion and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Michael Goosey 66 Lockridge April 20, 2019 April 20, 2019 Accidental/Fireworks Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Richard Roberts 26 Keokuk April 27, 2019 April 27, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment Building Present, Not Working
David Bolte 78 Tripoli June 13, 2019 June 18, 2019 Accidental/Burning Rubbish/Gasoline Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Christopher Baker 29 Waterloo June 14, 2019 June 14, 2019 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
John Rupp 90 Montezuma July 3, 2019 July 7, 2019 Accidental/Burning Rubbish/Gasoline Complications of Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Outdoors N/A
Phillip Wallace 72 Marion July 19, 2019 July 25, 2019 Accidental Complications of Inhalation Injuries Apartment Building Present, Working
Katelyne Pratt 27 Nevada August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown if Present
Graham Jared 43 Muscatine August 14, 2019 August 14, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Ethan Jared 21 Muscatine August 14, 2019 August 14, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Daniel Miller 39 Preston August 19, 2019 September 4, 2019 Accidental/Explosion Complications from Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
Debra Bell 59 Ely August 26, 2019 August 27, 2019 Accidental Inhalation & Cutaneous Injuries Travel Trailer None
Jolene Ann Baker 62 Winterset August 29, 2019 August 29, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Linda Langenfeld 64 Indianola September 1, 2019 September 1, 2019 Accidental Thermal Injuries 3-Story Apartment Building Present, Working
Jordan Sexton 24 West Liberty September 4, 2019 September 5, 2019 Accidental Complication of Flame and Inhalation Injuries Vehicle N/A
David F. Smith 37 Des Moines September 17, 2019 September 17, 2019 Incendiary Complications of Cutaneous and Inhalational Thermal Injuries Business Present, Working
Barbara Jean Smith 79 Cedar Rapids September 18, 2019 September 18, 2019 Accidental Flash Burn of Nasal and Oral Airway Due to Smoking with O2 Single Family Residence Unknown if Present
Jorge Orozco 38 Le Mars September 30, 2019 November 9, 2019 Accidental Complications of Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Utility Trailer N/A
Daniel Kaufman 39 Boyden October 18, 2019 October 18, 2019 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation and Cutting Wounds Single Family Residence None Present
Herbert Stone 83 Cedar Rapids October 25, 2019 November 7, 2019 Accidental/Vehicle Collision Complications of Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Diane Golos 58 Moravia October 30, 2019 October 30, 2019 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Lawrence Bendlin 73 Spencer November 4, 2019 November 4, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Rhonda Klier 56 Hamilton November 18, 2019 November 18, 2019 Incendiary Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None Present
Robert Gillen 84 Osage December 6, 2019 December 6, 2019 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Unknown if Working
Randy McDonald 66 Muscatine December 18, 2019 December 18, 2019 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None Present
2018 - Total Fatalities:  41
2018 Fire Fatalities
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
A'Nyia Patton 2 Council Bluffs January 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working
Devin Lorenz 53 Keokuk January 27, 2018 January 27, 2018 Undetermined Thermal & Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence None
Brian Louison 40 Crescent January 27, 2018 January 27, 2018 Accidental Blunt Force Trauma / Thermal Injuries Tractor N/A
Sharon Moritz 63 Pulaski January 27, 2018 January 27, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Dennis Hochstetler 66 Dallas Center February 2, 2018 February 3, 2018 Accidental Flame and Inhalation Injuries Garage N/A
Reily Meyer 9 George February 4, 2018 February 4, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Wanda Blake 51 Sioux City February 4, 2018 February 27, 2018 Arson Complications from Smoke Inhalation 30 Unit Apartment Present, Working
Antonia Casey 62 Greenfield February 15, 2018 February 16, 2018 Accidental Complications from Smoke Inhalation Senior Apartment None
Thomas Jones 57 Cedar Rapids February 17, 2018 February 17, 2018 Accidental Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Apartment Unknown
Terry Fisher 41 Sioux City February 18, 2018 February 18, 2018 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Sandra McCurn 52 Des Moines February 20, 2018 March 8, 2018 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Laurie McPherson 55 Eagle Grove February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Emmitt Johnson Sr 83 Des Moines March 12, 2018 March 12, 2018 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Amari Burkett 9 Waterloo March 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Ava Everman 6 Waterloo March 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Amber Everman 33 Waterloo March 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Jimmy Adams 70 Centerville March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Multi-Unit Apartment None
Jacqueline Adams 64 Centerville March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Multi-Unit Apartment None
Jerry Hancock 79 Ottumwa April 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Velda Ryman 94 Sigourney April 15, 2018 April 15, 2018 Accidental Thermal Injuries Multi-Unit Apartment Present, Not Working
Lisa Wischmeier 50 Mediapolis April 17, 2018 April 17, 2018 Accidental Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Ashley Smith 32 Waterloo April 22, 2018 April 22, 2018 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Jaykwon Sallis 9 Waterloo April 22, 2018 April 22, 2018 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Marlys Munson 73 Monroe April 24, 2018 April 24, 2018 Intentional Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Burning Brush N/A
Gary Carlson 73 Jewell April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Gene Paisley 72 Sherrill May 6, 2018 May 30, 2018 Accidental Complications from Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Burning Brush N/A
Chauncey Raue 37 Brandon May 11, 2018 May 11, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Karen Bunting 61 New Sharon June 22, 2018 June 22, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Garage N/A
Scott Schaefer 29 Davenport June 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 Intentional/Suicide Thermal Injuries Outside N/A
Deborah McGowan 68 Des Moines September 5,2018 September 16, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Not Working
Jason Heinitz 38 Clinton September 30, 2018 September 30, 2018 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Brett VanErsvelde 47 Huxley October 7, 2018 October 7, 2018 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Daniel VanErsveld 17 Huxley October 7, 2018 October 7, 2018 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Cynthia Webb 59 Blue Grass October 11, 2018 October 11, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Shyanne Larsen 16 Underwood October 19, 2018 October 19, 2018 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Venkata Banda 80 Bettendorf November 7, 2018 November 8, 2018 Accidental Complications from Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Paul Dayton 58 Belmond November 23, 2018 November 23, 2018 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Danny Coonley 50 Clarksville December 3, 2018 December 3, 2018 Intentional Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
John Essex 71 Des Moines December 7, 2018 March 14, 2019 Undetermined Complications from Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence None
Russell Faust 60 Dyersville December 11, 2018 December 11, 2018 Accidental Blunt Force Trauma, Thermal Injuries, Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Sharon Garnett 43 Cedar Rapids December 13, 2018 December 15, 2018 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working
2017 - Total Fatalities:  56
2017 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Richard Thomson 72 Iowa City January 8, 2017 January 8, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Gladys Beenblossom 74 Washington January 20, 2017 January 20, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Luong Quang Lee 44 Waterloo January 24, 2017 January 24, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Deloise Veith 88 Des Moines January 29, 2017 January 29, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Linda Haley 68 Benton February 10, 2017 February 10, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Robert Haley 71 Benton February 10, 2017 February 10, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Robert Michalec 91 Keystone February 14, 2017 February 14, 2017 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Allen Michalec 69 Keystone February 14, 2017 February 14, 2017 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Lester Davis 51 Webster City March 8, 2017 March 8, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion 2-Unit Apartment None
Charles Flanders 52 Des Moines March 15, 2017 March 15, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Garage N/A
Dale Cook 84 Sac City April 10, 2017 April 10, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Catherine Foster 56 Brooklyn April 27, 2017 April 27, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Tiffany Owens 38 Burlington May 8, 2017 May 7, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Duplex Present, Working
Shakiah Cockerham 16 Guthrie Center May 15, 2017 May 15, 2017 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Melanie Exline 12 Guthrie Center May 15, 2017 May 15, 2017 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Unknown
Rosetta Toole 57 Des Moines May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Multi-Story Apartment Present, Working
Henry Ellis Jr 71 Des Moines May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Multi-Story Apartment Present, Working
Christopher Landers 32 Des Moines May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Multi-Story Apartment Present, Working
Richard Cropsey 64 Des Moines May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Multi-Story Apartments Present, Working
Susan Peckham 70 Centerville June 3, 2017 June 3, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Jessica Southard 29 Algona June 20, 2017 June 20, 2017 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Karen Lierley 69 Algona June 20, 2017 June 20, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation, Products of Combustion and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Bradley Boyle 66 West Union June 23, 2017 June 23, 2017 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Mathew Goodvin 39 Sloan July 3, 2017 July 3, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Manufactured Home Present, Working
Dallas Seward 41 Onawa July 3, 2017 July 3, 2017 Incendiary Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Mary Blow 43 Waterloo July 15, 2017 August 11, 2017 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Campfire N/A
James Schulte 56 Keokuk July 22, 2017 July 22, 2017 Intentional Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence Unknown
Robert Faas 88 Ladora July 31, 2017 August 1, 2017 Accidental Thermal Injuries Shop Building N/A
Christopher Lenhart 26 Des Moines August 24, 2017 August 27, 2017 Arson Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Norine Mahlberg 87 Panama September 25, 2017 September 25, 2017 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Jason Knutsen 44 Bettendorf October 13, 2017 October 22, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation, Products of Combustion and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Luis Luevanos 84 Rock Valley October 29, 2017 October 29, 2017 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Osman Suljic 67 Des Moines October 31, 2017 October 31, 2017 Careless Discard of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation and Products of Combustion Apartment Complex Present, Working
Chad Stevens 44 Missouri Valley November 23, 2017 November 23, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Business None
Stacy Larson 44 Missouri Valley November 23, 2017 November 23, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Business None
Bernard "Doc" Wiltfang 86 Grinnell November 25, 2017 November 25, 2017 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
June Eckhart 55 Reinbeck November 26, 2017 November 26, 2017 Intentional/Suicide Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Garage N/A
Donald Loechel 50 Clinton November 27, 2017 November 27, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Janet Huey 80 Mason City December 1, 2017 December 1, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Donald Hendricks 74 Oakland December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle/School Bus N/A
Megan Klindt 16 Oakland December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle/School Bus N/A
Kelly Phillip Dewulf 59 Maysville December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Kin Gillaspy 54 Chariton December 21, 2017 December 23, 2017 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Kelsey Clain 23 Davenport December 21, 2017 December 21, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Jayden Smead 5 Davenport December 21, 2017 December 21, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Carson Smead 2 Davenport December 21, 2017 December 21, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Isabella Smead 9 mos. Davenport December 21, 2017 December 24, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation  and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Skylar Smead 4 Davenport December 21, 2017 December 26, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Larry Loose 71 Blue Grass December 25, 2017 December 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Rose Loose 71 Blue Grass December 25, 2017 December 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Mike Loose 35 Blue Grass December 25, 2017 December 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Steve Loose 36 Blue Grass December 25, 2017 December 25, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Garrett Brown 37 Onawa December 26, 2017 December 26, 2017 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Robert Smiley 63 Waterloo December 30, 2017 December 30, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Karen Wilburn 48 Oakland December 30, 2017 December 30, 2017 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Donald Miller 79 Osceola December 31, 2017 December 31, 2017 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
2016 - Total Fatalities:  47
2016 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Daniel Mielk 48 Breda January 8, 2016 January 8, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Rebecca Ferrall 33 Montrose January 11, 2016 January 11, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Jayden Trent 9 Montrose January 11, 2016 January 11, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Landen Trent 2 Montrose January 11, 2016 January 11, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Amber Sorenson 27 Boxholm January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Riley Sorenson 9 Boxholm January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Autumn Sorenson 6 Boxholm January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Brayden Sorenson 4 Boxholm January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Janet Campbell 67 DeWitt January 22, 2016 January 22, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Occupants Not Alerted
Koua Moua 25 Council Bluffs February 6, 2016 February 6, 2016 Intentional Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Patricia Henning 77 Knoxville February 7, 2016 February 7, 2016 Accidental, Careless discard of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Neil Johnston 48 Des Moines February 9, 2016 February 9, 2016 Intentional Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Sherry Daniels 64 Burlington February 9, 2016 February 9, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Brian Houston 44 Des Moines February 9, 2016 February 9, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Ray Reed 53 Waterloo February 12, 2016 February 12, 2016 Undetermined, Careless Discard of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Working
Ronald Jacobs 76 Cedar Rapids February 15, 2016 February 15, 2016 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Karen Jacobs 76 Cedar Rapids February 15, 2016 February 15, 2016 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Stella Neighbors 67 Council Bluffs March 4, 2016 March 4, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Norman McMurrin 77 Independence March 7, 2016 March 25, 2016 Intentional/Brush Fire Complications from Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Robyn Furmanski 62 Cedar Rapids March 31, 2016 March 31, 2016 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries 6-Unit Condo Present, Unknown if Working
Carles Darby 69 Ainsworth March 31, 2016 March 31, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Dennis Hutchinson 59 Des Moines April 1, 2016 April 1, 2016 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Donald Smith 67 Salem April 18, 2016 April 22, 2016 Accidental Complications from Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Anthony Shelton 50 Davenport April 18, 2016 April 18, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Glen Lamp 67 Davenport May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016 Accidental, Careless Discard of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Jiaxin Duan 27 Iowa City May 27, 2016 May 27, 2016 Arson/Suicide Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working
Deshia Matthew 22 Washington June 19, 2016 June 19, 2016 Accidental Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Two-Story Rental House None
Melody Bole 53 Casey July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Delores Birdsall 74 Sheffield July 17, 2016 July 17, 2016 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Alan Porter 98 Dayton July 28, 2016 July 28, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Richard Hartley 58 Ottumwa August 18, 2016 August 18, 2016 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Naquave Whitlock 22 Cedar Rapids August 23, 2016 August 23, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Michael Nelson 46 Polk City September 6, 2016 September 6, 2016 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Paul Chesmore 76 Marion September 30, 2016 September 30, 2016 Accidental Flame and Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence None
Deana Smith 50 Keokuk October 1, 2016 October 1, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Apartment Present, Not Working
Kenneth Krumwiede 61 Council Bluffs October 7, 2016 October 23, 2016 Undetermined Complications of Thermal Injuries Industrial N/A
Ross Olds 55 Des Moines October 9, 2016 October 10, 2016 Accidental Complications of Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Connie Hartwig 61 Dunkerton October 20, 2016 October 22, 2016 Accidental Complications of Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Charles Akey 59 West Burlington October 21, 2016 October 21, 2016 Accidental Complications of Thermal Injuries Residential Garage N/A
Stanley Strock 85 Des Moines November 14, 2016 November 14, 2016 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Joanna Alexander 72 Ames November 14, 2016 November 14, 2016 Accidental Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Working
Ronald Dittmer 77 New Virginia December 3, 2016 December 3, 2016 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Manufactured Home None
Harley Moore 4 Perry December 8, 2016 December 8, 2016 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Jule Rhea 63 Oelwein December 8, 2016 December 8, 2016 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Motorhome N/A
Vicente Gonzalez 3 Mason City December 10, 2016 December 10, 2016 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Tracy Willams 52 Riverside December 19, 2016 December 19, 2016 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation 2-Unit Apartment None
Daniel Planz 59 Titonka December 27, 2016 December 27, 2016 Undetermined Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
2015 - Total Fatalities:  31
2015 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Dorothy Ceballos 49 Council Bluffs January 2, 2015 January 2, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Herb Hackbarth 76 Steamboat Rock January 16, 2015 January 16, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Earl Higdon 87 Douds January 21, 2015 January 21, 2015 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Sherry McNabb 54 Cherokee January 26, 2015 January 26, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Paul McDaniel 57 Atlantic February 4, 2015 February 4, 2015 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Denise McDaniel 57 Atlantic February 4, 2015 February 4, 2015 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Patrick Murphy II 50 Des Moines February 8, 2015 February 8, 2015 Accidental Inhalation of Products of Combustion Vehicle N/A
Mary Ann Hilby 75 Waterloo February 18, 2015 February 18, 2015 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Amy Devlin 25 Fort Dodge February 22, 2015 February 22, 2015 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Some Working; Unknown if All Working
Bryce Devlin 6 mos. Fort Dodge February 22, 2015 February 22, 2015 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Some Working; Unknown if All Working
Joseph Kennedy 5 Fort Dodge February 22, 2015 February 22, 2015 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Some Working; Unknown if All Working
James "Jim" Bealer 75 Maquoketa February 26, 2015 March 1, 2015 Accidental Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Auto Repair Shop None
Julia Schlichte 47 Manning February 18, 2015 February 28, 2015 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Stephanie Nicole Ford 33 Davenport March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Xiangyi "Sonny" Wang 25 Ames March 22, 2015 March 22, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Glenn V. Halbur 59 Lake View April 6, 2015 April 6, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Aaron Henning 39 Colfax May 25, 2015 June 1, 2015 Accidental Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Lori McPoland 44 Dubuque May 28, 2015 May 28, 2015 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Steve Bradenburg 73 Maquoketa June 25, 2015 June 25, 2015 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Blunt Force Trauma Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Spencer Peck 94 Bellevue August 10, 2015 August 10, 2015 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Kenneth Wise 60 Des Moines August 15, 2015 September 27, 2015 Intentional/Arson Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Linda Barber 67 Anita October 9, 2015 October 9, 2015 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Not Working; No Battery
Matthew Ferleman 43 Cedar Falls October 10, 2015 October 10, 2015 Explosive/Accidental Thermal Injuries Motel Present, Working
Rebecca Lavenz 64 Waterloo October 20, 2015 October 20, 2015 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Nicholas Torres 3 Sioux City October 31, 2015 October 31, 2015 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Steve Sadler 61 Charles City November 10, 2015 November 10, 2015 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Multi-Story Apartment Present, Working
Marla Moyers 55 Burlington November 14, 2015 November 14, 2015 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Beatrice Turner McKee 102 Keokuk November 15, 2015 November 18, 2015 Accidental Complications Due to Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Working
Janeen Bier 55 Waterloo December 1, 2015 December 1, 2015 Incendiary Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Wendy Waldemar 37 Denison December 12, 2015 December 12, 2015 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Patricia Skiye 47 Cedar Rapids December 20, 2015 December 20, 2015 Intentional Thermal Injuries Manufactured House Present, Unknown if Working
2014 - Total Fatalities:  42
2014 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Gil R. Stachar 85 Arlington January 24, 2014 January 24, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
James D. McCain 29 Arlington January 24, 2014 January 24, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Amanda L. Miller 27 Arlington January 24, 2014 January 24, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Delacisey Seales 4 Arlington January 24, 2014 January 24, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Isabella Miller 1 Arlington January 24, 2014 January 24, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Mary A. Parker 78 Davenport February 16, 2014 February 17, 2014 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Michael G. Waltemeyer 15 Marshalltown February 17, 2014 February 17, 2014 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
John A. Loyd 74 Salem February 19, 2014 February 19, 2014 Accidental Blast & Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home Present, Working
Barbara A. Loyd 72 Salem February 19, 2014 February 19, 2014 Accidental Blast & Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home Present, Working
Donald J. Paulsen 82 Mason City March 1, 2014 March 7, 2014 Accidental Thermal Injuries Garage N/A
Bob Spurling 88 Booneville March 3, 2014 March 3, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Theresa Blake-Johnson 34 Andrew Marcy 7, 2014 March 7, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Thomas L. Gregory 62 Montezuma March 29, 2014 March 30, 2014 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Josh Nelson 27 Charles City March 31, 2014 March 31, 2014 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Unknown if Working
Eugene Phelps 76 Coon Rapids April 11, 2014 April 19, 2014 Controlled Burn/Out of Control Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Generose M. Bennett 78 Delaware April 20, 2014 April 20, 2014 Intentional Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
David G. Norman 37 Marion April 27, 2014 April 27, 2014 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Richard Elliott 64 Readlyn May 4, 2014 May 4, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Duplex Present, Not Working
Maycia Colburn-Lerette 6 mos. Council Bluffs May 11, 2014 May 11, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
James R. Shepard 50 Fort Dodge May 24, 2014 June 4, 2014 Arson Burns & Smoke Inhalation Shed None
Vivian Swain 101 Council Bluffs May 31, 2014 May 31, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Jessica Luke 23 Creston July 2, 2014 July 2, 2014 Accidental Acute Mixed Dru & Carbon Monoxide Intoxication Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Gavin Hasbrouck 5 Graettinger July 7, 2014 July 7, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoking Materials/Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Collin Reed 7 Graetting July 7, 2014 July 7, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoking Materials/Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Harry G. Nash 53 Louisa County July 20, 2014 August 2, 2014 Campfire Complications of Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Campfire N/A
James Hatfield 66 Centerville August 13, 2014 August 17, 2014 Flash Fire Caused by Smoking While Using Oxygen Complications of Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Jesse W. Pierce 62 Mason City August 27, 2014 August 27, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoking Materials/Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, No Batteries
Cherie McClemons 59 Mason City August 27, 2014 August 28, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoking Materials/Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, No Batteries
Kenneth Smith 65 Washington September 4, 2014 September 4, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Cabin Present, Unknown if Working
Ethel Maples 76 Des Moines September 4, 2014 September 4, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoke Materials Flame Injuries Single Family Residence None
Sandra Hamann 58 Fredericksburg October 8, 2014 October 23, 2014 Undetermined Complications of Thermal & Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Mary "Cathy" Clanton 63 Coralville October 10, 2014 October 10, 2014 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Due to Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Jason Capps 38 Des Moines November 10, 2014 November 10, 2014 Accidental Complications of Thermal & Inhalation Injuries Business Unknown
Emery Black 57 Taintor November 13, 2014 November 13, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Bruce Neumann 53 Massena November 14, 2014 November 14, 2014 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
William Ross Daniel 66 Riverton November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoking Materials/Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Tony S. Gilbert 47 Indianola November 28, 2014 November 29, 2014 Intentionally Set Complications of Thermal & Traumatic Injuries Manufactured Home None
David Bartley 57 DeWitt December 2, 2014 December 2, 2014 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Due to Products of Combustion 4-Plex Apartment Present, Working
Edwin Dowd 48 Spirit Lake December 7, 2014 December 7, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation 25-Unit Apartment Present, Hardwired & Battery, Working
James O'Connor 55 Granger December 15, 2014 December 15, 2014 Careless Discarding of Smoking Materials/Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Donald Miller 69 DeWitt December 30, 2014 December 30, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Lauran Mcfarland 67 DeWitt December 30, 2014 December 30, 2014 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
2013 - Total Fatalities:  26
2013 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Max Morrison 65 Clutier November 28, 2012 January 8, 2013 Aircraft Crash Sepsis and Organ Failure Due to Thermal Burns Aircraft N/A
Gaylen Knaack 70 Correctionville December 1, 2012 January 12, 2013 Aircraft Crash Infection Due to Thermal Burns Aircraft N/A
Katherine Edgington 42 Oskaloosa January 31, 2013 January 31, 2013 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
James Wurster 74 Lenox February 8, 2013 February 9, 2013 Burning Trash Thermal Injuries Outdoors N/A
Mark Vanderwoude 43 Council Bluffs February 25, 2013 February 25, 2013 Arson Explosion Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Marlin Schutte 61 Postville March 13, 2013 March 13, 2013 Arson Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working
Kari Jones 43 Okoboji May 15, 2013 May 18, 2013 Suicide Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Apartment Building N/A
Nyakouth Chuol 17 Boone May 17, 2013 May 17, 2013 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Single Station & Partial Alarm System, Working
Cyril J. Hawkins 41 New Sharon June 1, 2013 June 1, 2013 Arson Thermal Injuries Motor Vehicle N/A
Jaileigh Posey 7 Independence June 28, 2013 June 28, 2013 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Not Working; No Battery
Susan J. Smid 58 Sioux City August 22, 2013 August 22, 2013 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence Present, Working
Stephen O. Smid 58 Sioux City August 22, 2013 August 22, 2013 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence Present, Working
Tina Marie Reed 50 Siron August 24, 2013 August 24, 2013 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working; No Battery
Donald Running 88 Urbandale September 7, 2013 September 7, 2013 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Sheryl M. Pringle 45 Waterloo September 9, 2013 September 9, 2013 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Chad J. Niichel 39 Waterloo September 9, 2013 September 9, 2013 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Jerry E. Hensen 75 West Burlington September 10, 2013 September 10, 2013 Accidental Asphyxia Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Manufactured Home Yes, Not Working; No Battery
Christopher Allsup 10 Earlham September 21, 2013 September 21, 2013 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outdoors/Bonfire N/A
Delbert Koller 82 Donnellson September 24, 2013 October 10, 2013 Accidental Thermal Injuries Motor Vehicle N/A
Jacqueline Polite 56 Bondurant October 14, 2013 October 14, 2013 Accidental Asphyxia Due to Products of Combustion Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Mary Applegate 72 Gladbrook October 31, 2013 October 31, 2013 Accidental/Explosion Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries; Blunt Force Trauma Single Family Residence Unknown
Mark Mayberry 53 Wyoming November 8, 2013 November 8, 2013 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Ralph D. Lyons, Sr. 86 Estherville November 29, 2013 November 29, 2013 Accidental/Smoking with Oxygen Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Audie C. Ellard II 59 Saint Paul December 9, 2013 December 9, 2013 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Karma K. Ellard 52 Saint Paul December 9, 2013 December 9, 2013 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Travis Bach 26 Council Bluffs December 31, 2013 December 31, 2013 Arson Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
2012 - Total Fatalities:  42
2012 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Alyanna Chhouy 7 mos. Grinnell January 14, 2012 January 15, 2012 Accidental Cutaneous and Inhalational Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home Present, Not Working
Arthur Vogt 91 Fairfield January 20, 2012 January 20, 2012 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None Present
Debra Dillard 55 Des Moines February 22, 2012 February 22, 2012 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Not Working
Kerry Bye 43 Cedar Rapids February 26, 2012 February 26, 2012 Undetermined Smoke and Soot Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None Present
Dwayne Ellison 50 Moravia March 6, 2012 March 6, 2012 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Sheila Ellison 50 Moravia March 6, 2012 March 6, 2012 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Duane Vick 77 Charles City March 8, 2012 March 8, 2012 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Scott Robinson 40 Ottumwa March 10, 2012 March 11, 2012 Accidental Cutaneous and Inhalational Thermal Injuries Outside N/A
James Lammer 61 Dubuque March 19, 2012 March 19, 2012 Accidental Smoke and Soot Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Mark Morelock 46 Centerville March 31, 2012 March 31, 2012 Undetermined Smoke and Soot Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Nicholas Bambara 26 Eddyville April 7, 2012 April 7, 2012 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Tammy Wiley 46 Ottumwa April 12, 2012 April 16, 2012 Accidental Complications of Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Patty Burton 82 Des Moines April 15, 2012 April 15, 2012 Accidental Inhalation of Products of Combustion Single Family Residence None
Clifford Dilworth 33 Davenport May 12, 2012 May 12, 2012 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Ralph Litterer 89 Greene May 16, 2012 May 17, 2012 Accidental Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Outside N/A
Richard Collison 76 Onawa May 26, 2012 May 26, 2012 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Non
Eric Albrecht 42 Truro June 2, 2012 June 3, 2012 Accidental Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Mechanic Shop N/A
Chris Mast 85 Hazleton June 5, 2012 June 5, 2012 Accidental Secondary Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Unknown if Working
Daryl Dosch 71 Swisher June 25, 2012 June 25, 2012 Accidental Inhalation of Products of Combustion Including Carbon Monoxide Single Family Residence Non
Jim Gaskill 72 Ottumwa June 30, 2012 August 1, 2012 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Brian Marshall 42 Sioux City July 5, 2012 July 5, 2012 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Lois Moldenschardt 87 Walcott July 8, 2012 July 8, 2012 Accidental Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Ronald Gillen 81 Cedar Rapids July 16, 2012 July 16, 2012 Accidental Fourth Degree Burns and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Yes, Working Lower Level Only
John Larson 38 Britt July 17, 2012 July 18, 2012 Aircraft Crash Thermal Injuries Aircraft N/A
Leland Johnson 4 Council Bluffs August 18, 2012 August 18, 2012 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Non
Charles Green 55 Conrad September 6, 2012 September 14, 2012 Accidental Acute Invasive Zygomycosis, Fulminant Hepatic Necrosis, Sever Burn Injury Outside N/A
John Roberts 53 Garwin September 11, 2012 September 11, 2012 Arson Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Larry Barrett 53 Boone September 23, 2012 October 13, 2012 Undetermined Complications of Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Delbert Rowse 71 Sioux City September 29, 2012 September 29, 2012 Accicental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
David Robinson 65 Des Moines October 25, 2012 October 25, 2012 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working in Spare Bedroom, Unknown in Bedroom and Hallway
Robert Jones 76 Smithland October 31, 2012 October 31, 2012 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Garage/Shed N/A
Tyra Pierson 22 Lake City November 13, 2012 November 13, 2012 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Madison Pierson 8 Lake City November 13, 2012 November 13, 2012 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Wyatt Pierson 3 Lake City November 13, 2012 November 13, 2012 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Zavier Pierson 10 mos. Lake City November 13, 2012 November 13, 2012 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Edward McNair 59 Van Meter November 26, 2012 November 26, 2012 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
William Konicek 69 Clutier November 28, 2012 November 28, 2012 Aircraft Crash Thermal and Blunt Force Injuries Aircraft N/A
Lee Schroeder 53 Correctionville December 1, 2012 December 1, 2012 Aircraft Crash Thermal Injuries Aircraft N/A
James Smith 55 Correctionville December 1, 2012 December 1, 2012 Aircraft Crash Thermal Injuries Aircraft N/A
Roger Holtz 80 Mason City December 7, 2012 December 7, 2012 Incendiary Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Leonard Behnke 84 Centrialia December 13, 2012 December 13, 2012 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Mary Marie Purdy 71 Carlisle December 22, 2012 December 23, 2012 Undetermined Thermal Burns Single Family Residence Present, None Working
2011 - Total Fatalities:  46
2011 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Gerald Rodenberg 73 Arlington January 1, 2011 January 1, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present
Henry Rodenberg 6 Arlington January 1, 2011 January 1, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present
Ian Rodenberg, Jr. 5 Arlington January 1, 2011 January 1, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present
Marjorie Anderson 82 Spirit Lake January 5, 2011 January 5, 2011 Undetermined Smoke and Soot Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Kenneth Allen Thomas 47 Weaver January 24, 2011 January 24, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Business Unknown
Sandra Rasmussen 37 Waterloo February 25, 2011 February 25, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Taren Burris 26 Wheatland March 1, 2011 March 1, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Logan Taets 2 Wheatland March 1, 2011 March 1, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Robert Rempe 56 Fort Madison Marcy 1, 2011 March 1, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Lennis Parker 52 Centerville March 6, 2011 March 11, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Timothy Miles 52 Columbus Junction March 26, 2011 March 26, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment/Business Present, Working
James Mitchell 57 Columbus Junction March 26, 2011 March 26, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment/Business Present, Working
Rosilie Dutka 20 Garnavillo March 27, 2011 March 27, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle/Truck N/A
Olivia Rodenberg 4 Garnavillo March 27, 2011 March 27, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle/Truck N/A
Max Rodenberg 11 mos. Garnavillo March 27, 2011 March 27, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle/Truck N/A
Robert Bush 82 Vinton March 29, 2011 March 29, 2011 Accidental Thermal Injuries Garden N/A
John Droste 71 Low Moor April 1, 2011 April 1, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle/Car N/A
Kay Jessen 50 Eagle Grove April 3, 2011 April 3, 2011 Undetermined Smoke and Soot Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Karen Lee Dillon-Hughes 66 Clear Lake April 19, 2011 April 19, 2011 Arson Thermal Injuries Shed N/A
Daniel Naylor 37 Council Bluffs May 3, 2011 May 3, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Dustin Ladehoff 2 Milford May 7, 2011 May 7, 2011 Arson Smoke and Soot Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Howard Burgher 60 Fontanelle June 4, 2011 June 5, 2011 Accidental Thermal and Inhalation Injuries Manufactured Home None
Susan Davis 63 Fontanelle June 4, 2011 June 8, 2011 Accidental Thermal Injuries Manufactured Home None
Jake Rupe 79 Ottumwa June 5, 2011 June 7, 2011 Accidental Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Working
Donna Thomas 73 Carter Lake June 7, 2011 June 8, 2011 Accidental Burns and Respiratory Failure Manufactured Home None
Rex Yoakam 60 Ottumwa June 30, 2011 June 30, 2011 Helicopter Crash Thermal Injuries Aircraft N/A
Colleen Paradine 53 La Porte City July 6, 2011 July 6, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Business None
Hubert Dane Harris, Jr. 54 Wilton July 25, 2011 July 25, 2011 Plane Crash Blunt Force Trauma and Thermal Injuries Aircraft N/A
Collette Beach-Fiser 19 Grinnell August 19, 2011 August 19, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
David Ekstrand 76 Danville August 26, 2011 August 26, 2011 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outside N/A
Raymone Bryant 14 Coralville September 4, 2011 September 4, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present Basement Only, Not Working
Isiah Lebeaux, Jr. 66 Waterloo September 8, 2011 September 8, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present Bedroom and Basement Not Working, Upper Floor Working
Kenneth Murhpy 63 Colfax September 9, 2011 September 9, 2011 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Shed N/A
Jason Darland 36 Newton September 13, 2011 September 13, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Jim Olmsted 72 Colwell October 16, 2011 October 16, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Yon-Sook Kim 77 Council Bluffs October 19, 2011 October 19, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Malcomb Davis 71 Charles City October 20, 2011 October 20, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Vehicle/Truck N/A
Aaron Ketty Chulu 39 Urbandale October 22, 2011 October 22, 2011 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Gary Minix 40 Coralville November 1, 2011 November 1, 2011 Semi-Tractor Crash Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle/Truck N/A
Margaret Meicher 78 Dubuque November 11, 2011 November 11, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Unknown if Working
Patricia Erickson 67 Clinton November 28, 2011 November 28, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Cody Allen Garreans-Walsh 18 Jefferson December 6, 2011 December 6, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Fredrick G. Eaton 48 Ottumwa December 7, 2011 December 7, 2011 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Motel/Boarding House Present, Unknown if Working
Maurice Deutsch 89 Ionia December 21, 2011 December 21, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Elaine Deutsch 83 Ionia December 21, 2011 December 21, 2011 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Ronald Eid 67 Fort Madison December 30, 2011 December 30, 2011 Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Single Family Residence None
2010 - Total Fatalities:  33
2010 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Hedy L. Zook 87 Sioux City January 7, 2010 January 7, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Makala Prudhome 8 Council Bluffs January 18, 2010 January 18, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Motor Home N/A
Della Molitor 59 Clinton January 22, 2010 January 22, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Tonya Molitor 32 Clinton January 22, 2010 January 22, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Tyler Wade 6 Clinton January 22, 2010 January 22, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Patrick Molitor 3 Clinton January 22, 2010 January 22, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
William McCune 39 Williamsburg February 24, 2010 February 24, 2010 Accidental/Wood Burning Stove Smoke and Soot Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Paul Rice 48 Morning Sun March 4, 2010 March 4, 2010 Carless Discarding of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Unknown if Working
Ardella Mae Owens 85 Ankeny March 15, 2010 March 15, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Double-wide Manufactured Home Unknown
Mark Ebner 50 Fort Dodge March 15, 2010 March 18, 2010 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Charles Hall 48 Melbourne May 9, 2010 May 9, 2010 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Rodney Noye 35 Cedar Rapids May 10, 2010 May 10, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment No Working Detector
Melanie Sheldahl 54 Des Moines June 2, 2010 June 2, 2010 Accidental/Kitchen Stove Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Michael Fitzsimmons 62 Dubuque August 13, 2010 August 13, 2010 Accidental/Smoking Materials/Oxygen Use Smoke and Soot Inhalation Apartment Present Common Areas, Working
Alex Bazzetta 7 Council Bluffs September 20, 2010 September 20, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Loren Arp 61 Walcott October 1, 2010 November 9, 2010 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outside/Combine N/A
John Hosier 52 Cedar Falls October 6, 2010 October 7, 2010 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outside/Yard N/A
Ernest Mooney 59 Cedar Rapids October 7, 2010 October 8, 2010 Accidental Thermal Injuries Apartment None
Mark Brown 59 Anita October 14, 2010 October 14, 2010 Accidental Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Outside/Combine N/A
Clara Pearson 87 Washington October 28, 2010 October 28, 2010 Accidental Smoke and Soot Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Charles Land 79 Keokuk October 30, 2010 October 30, 2010 Accidental Thermal Injuries Outside/Yard N/A
Stacie Timmer 32 Waterloo November 1, 2010 November 1, 2010 Under Investigation Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Genevieve Mincks 86 Seymour November 3, 2010 November 3, 2010 Undetermined Smoke and Soot Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
George Davis, Sr. 57 Tama November 5, 2010 November 5, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Diana Davis 54 Tama November 5, 2010 November 5, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Justin Hamaker 37 Leon November 10, 2010 November 10, 2010 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
David Waller 75 Mediapolis November 14, 2010 November 14, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Goldie Edwards 84 Clinton December 2, 2010 December 3, 2010 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working
Connie Meyer-Bloome 57 Belle Plaine December 5, 2010 December 5, 2010 Undetermined Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Mathew Caldwell 17 Van Wert December 5, 2010 December 5, 2010 Accidental/Wood Burning Stove Chimney Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Jacob Charley 18 Waterloo December 5, 2010 December 5, 2010 Accidental Blunt Force Trauma and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Neil Duncan 40 Marengo December 19, 2010 December 19, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment Unknown
Kenneth Nielsen 74 Blockton December 24, 2010 December 24, 2010 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
2009 - Total Fatalities:  46
2009 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Irving Camorgo 18 mos. Conesville January 9, 2009 January 9, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Mobile Home Unknown
Francis Hansel 89 Manchester January 11, 2009 January 11, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Working
Bernard Kalvelage 52 Lime Springs January 13, 2009 January 13, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Alvin Kalvelage 48 Lime Springs January 13, 2009 January 13, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Abigail Zeil 14 Greeley January 14, 2009 January 14, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Tyler Hansen 8 Greeley January 14, 2009 January 14, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Megan Hansen 7 Greeley January 14, 2009 January 14, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Haylee Hansen 3 Greeley January 14, 2009 January 14, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Daniel Slatterly 25 West Des Moines January 17, 2009 January 17, 2009 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Trisha Eighmy 16 Glidden January 19, 2009 January 19, 2009 Accidental/Dryer (lint maintenance) Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Nelda Barbee 83 Keokuk January 24, 2009 January 25, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Malfunction Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Apartment Yes, Automatic System
Pamela Jones 54 Cedar Rapids January 25, 2009 January 25, 2009 Accidental/Smoking Materials Thermal Burns and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Benjamin Ziegenmeyer 25 Boone February 3, 2009 February 3, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment/Business Unknown
Howard Meyers 86 Strawberry Point February 5, 2009 February 5, 2009 Accidental/Wood Burning Furnace Thermal Injuries Garage N/A
Joan Haub 79 Ogden February 8, 2009 February 8, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Car Inside Garage N/A
Mackenzie Blandau 25 Hampton February 14, 2009 February 14, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Arcing Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Working
Luis Garcia 22 mos. Hampton February 14, 2009 February 14, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Arcing Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Apartment Present, Working
Dave Postell 55 Dixon February 14, 2009 February 17, 2009 Arson Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Beth Ann Bartosch 37 Davenport February 16, 2009 February 16, 2009 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Donald Listman 59 Sioux City March 1, 2009 March 1, 2009 Careless Use of Smoking Material Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Rodney Pritchard 48 Sioux City March 1, 2009 March 1, 2009 Careless Use of Smoking Material Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Christopher Waggoner 30 Urbandale March 9, 2009 March 9, 2009 Accidental/Vehicle Overheated Thermal Burns and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Matthew Porter 92 Fayette April 3, 2009 April 3, 2009 Accidental/Discarded Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation and Severe Burns Single Family Residence Present, Working
Czu Toffoi 10 Des Moines April 4, 2009 April 5, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Apartment Unit of fire death working minimally, unit of fire origin not working
Ralph Hanselmann 77 Dubuque April 10, 2009 April 10, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Lawrence Parsons 58 Fort Dodge April 14, 2009 April 20, 2009 Accidental/Careless Use of Smoking Material Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Burns Single Family Residence None
Guy Powell 61 West Des Moines May 8, 2009 May 8, 2009 Arson Thermal Burns Outside/Park N/A
Chonburi Louengrath 27 Sioux City May 9, 2009 May 11, 2009 Accidental/Child Playing with Matches/Lit Sofa Burns and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Working
Roger Brown 64 Knoxville May 12, 2009 May 12, 2009 Accidental/Outdoor Cooking Apparatus Thermal Shock Single Family Residence Present, Working
Cynthia Cort 46 Des Moines  May 25, 2009 May 25, 2009 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Burns Outside/Park N/A
Jordan Fiddelke 23 Sanborn May 28, 2009 May 28, 2009 Vehicle Accident Burns and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Francis Fricke-Kiertzner 75 Holstein June 6, 2009 June 6, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Trevor Frederickson 21 Council Bluffs June 18, 2009 June 18, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Short Smoke Inhalation Apartment None
Chelsea Hart 25 Decorah June 26, 2009 June 26, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Not Working
Chase Finch 5 mos. Newton August 4, 2009 August 4, 2009 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Norman Anderson 43 Gilman August 12, 2009 August 12, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Derek Harrop-Miller 27 Ackley August 18, 2009 August 18, 2009 Undetermined Thermal Injuries Garage N/A
Alphera Brown 44 Burlington August 23, 2009 August 23, 2009 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Smajic Nusret 31 Cedar Rapids August 27, 2009 August 27, 2009 Vehicle Accident/Went Through Guard Rail Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Hannelore Christopherson 69 Fort Dodge October 26, 2009 October 26, 2009 Accidental/Careless Use of Smoking Material Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Karen Beecher 65 Shenandoah November 1, 2009 November 1, 2009 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, No Battery
Fred Noon 59 Des Moines November 15, 2009 November 15, 2009 Accidental/Heater Too Close to Combustibles Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Ronald Bowers 32 Johnson County November 15, 2009 November 15, 2009 Arson Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Jon Eckhart 1 Steamboat Rock November 25, 2009 November 26, 2009 Accidental/Children Playing with Fire Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Michael Chapman 55 Knoxville December 3, 2009 December 3, 2009 Accidental/Use of Smoking Material Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Cyrus Shoup 2 Clinton December 16, 2009 December 16, 2009 Arson Smoke Inhalation Apartment Battery Found in Debris
2008 - Total Fatalities:  49
2008 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Carl Gibson 56 Council Bluffs January 5, 2008 January 5, 2008 Accidental/Vehicle Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Calvin Ocker 77 Camanche January 19, 2008 January 19, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Garage N/A
Jesse Jenkins 51 Glenwood January 20, 2008 January 21, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Keely Boss 38 Clear Lake January 28, 2008 January 28, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, Working
James Bengston 73 Essex February 2, 2008 February 2, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
David Rausch 62 Marion February 2, 2008 March 10, 2008 Accidental/Smoking Materials Respiratory Failure Due to Inhalation from Fire Multi-Family Residence Present, No Battery
Gary Pearce 63 Atlantic February 3, 2008 February 3, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Linda Adams 65 Atlantic February 3, 2008 February 3, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home None
Raven Umphress 2 Ottumwa February 5, 2008 February 5, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Aiden Umphress 11 mos. Ottumwa February 5, 2008 February 5, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Lawrence Kersting 82 Bettendorf February 25, 2008 March 4, 2008 Undetermined Burns Vehicle N/A
David Patrick 45 Alden February 29, 2008 February 29, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Jacob Scherf 8 Elkader March 9, 2008 March 9, 2008 Accidental/Clothing Caught Fire Burns Yard N/A
Anna Bear 78 Tama March 10, 2008 March 10, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Susan Hill 38 Clinton March 23, 2008 March 23, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, No Batteries
Curtis Stackhouse 44 Marshalltown March 31, 2008 March 31, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Kevin Stackhouse, Jr. 14 mos. Marshalltown March 31, 2008 April 5, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Curtis Folkerts 27 Thompson April 12, 2008 April 12, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Abigail Sutter 6 Marble Rock April 25, 2008 April 25, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Jacob Legg 3 Marble Rock April 25, 2008 April 25, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Jesselyn Legg 20 mos. Marble Rock April 25, 2008 April 25, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Brenda Beard 54 Urbana May 3, 2008 May 4, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Apartment None
Donna Dressman 74 Titonka May 11, 2008 May 11, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Grantley Young 3 Waterloo May 17, 2008 May 17, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Karen Colding 47 Spencer June 30, 2008 June 30, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Apartment None
Nathan Foubert 32 Carlisle July 11, 2008 July 11, 2008 Accidental/Improper Use of Fireworks Neck and Obstructed Airway Outside N/A
Caleb Hockel 13 Osceola July 21, 2008 July 21, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Lisa Hageman 38 Castalia July 30, 2008 July 30, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Present, No Battery
Mike McCune 47 Davenport August 14, 2008 August 14, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Gilliand Ashton 3 DeSoto August 20, 2008 August 20, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Manufactured Home Unknown
Sterling Hansen 20 Coon Rapids August 23, 2008 August 23, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Carroll Uitemarkt 56 Des Moines August 25, 2008 August 27, 2008 Explosion Burns Single Family Residence Unknown
Georgia Clayton 86 Davenport August 28, 2008 August 28, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Frank Larwick 58 Davenoprt August 28, 2008 August 28, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Lloyd Kennedy 59 Johnston September 26, 2008 September 26, 2008 Arson Smoke Inhalation and Burns Single Family Residence Unknown
Gary Brewster 63 Marshalltown September 29, 2008 September 30, 2008 Accidental/Cooking Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Unknown if Working
Marshall Ferding 85 Hornick October 2, 2008 October 2, 2008 Accidental/Lighting Burn Barrel Burns Outside N/A
Frank Kabella 80 West Branch October 16, 2008 October 16, 2008 Accidental/Lawn Mower Burns Outside N/A
Donald Reed 72 Lamoni October 18, 2008 October 18, 2008 Arson Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Luetta Ohlendorf 79 Waverly October 21, 2008 October 21, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Burns Single Family Residence Present, Working
Harold Schmitt 79 Nichols October 26, 2008 October 26, 2008 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Bobby Booker 74 Cedar Rapids November 17, 2008 November 17, 2008 Under Investigation Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Working
Wayne Weier, Sr. 53 Spencer November 21, 2008 November 21, 2008 Accidental/Electrical Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Dennis Mitchim 68 Madrid November 28, 2008 November 28, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Burns Mobile Home Unknown
Jerry Shipp 37 Seymour December 9, 2008 December 9, 2008 Accidental/Natural Gas Explosion Blunt Force Trauma to Head Single Family Residence Unknown
Elaine Person 83 Mason City December 10, 2008 December 11, 2008 Accidental/Clothing Caught Fire While Cooking Burns Single Family Residence Unknown
Clayton Orcutt 42 Bellevue December 14, 2008 December 14, 2008 Suicide Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Cleo Willis 52 Mason City December 15, 2008 December 15, 2008 Accidental/Discarded Smoking Material Autopsy Pending Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Igor Melineski 38 Stuart December 20, 2008 December 20, 2008 Accidental/Vehicle Autopsy Pending Outside N/A
2007 - Total Fatalities:  30
2007 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Carolyn Larrew 57 Boone January 17, 2007 January 17, 2007 Accidental/Smoking Materials Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence None
Betty Hosepte 72 Clinton February 5, 2007 February 5, 2007 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Frances Spencer 92 Sherrill February 10, 2007 February 10, 2007 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Corey Hummell 38 Mount Pleasant February 26, 2007 February 26, 2007 Accidental Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Debra Feldhacker 53 Milford March 16, 2007 March 16, 2007 Accidental/Smoking Materials Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Present, Unknown if Working
Diane Trusty 56 Osage April 5, 2007 April 5, 2007 Accidental/Kerosene Lamp Carbon Monoxide Single Family Residence Present
Roger Harvey 55 Grand Junction April 13, 2007 April 13, 2007 Accidental/Smoking Smoke Inhalation Mobile Home Present
Gary Reed 29 Waterloo May 3, 2007 May 3, 2007 Accidental/Smoking Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, No Batteries
Shirley Taylor 72 Eldon May 4, 2007 May 17, 2007 Accidental/Careless Use of Candle Burns Single Family Residence Unknown
Opal Norris 87 Iowa Falls May 10, 2007 May 11, 2007 Undetermined Unknown Apartment Present
Dylan White 4 Keokuk May 15, 2007 May 15, 2007 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Elizabeth White 2 Keokuk May 15, 2007 May 15, 2007 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present, Not Working
Rodney Thornburg 83 Mount Pleasant May 19, 2007 June 14, 2007 Accidental/Heat Gun Caught Clothing on Fire Undetermined Storage Building None
Dennis Lamers 57 Alton July 31, 2007 August 7, 2007 Explosion/Flammable Vapors Thermal Burns Semi-Tanker N/A
Merle Fox 59 West Union August 19, 2007 August 19, 2007 Accidental/Pan on Stove Overheated Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present, Not Working
Earl Thelander 80 Onawa August 28, 2007 September 2, 2007 Explosion/Copper Gas Line Cut Burns Single Family Residence Unknown
Ryan Meerdink 21 Hull August 31, 2007 August 31, 2007 Explosion/Pipe Bomb Explosion Outside/Residence Yard N/A
Sharon Young 50 Mason City September 4, 2007 September 4, 2007 Accidental/Careless Disposal of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Tom Wells 50 Newell September 4, 2007 September 13, 2007 Accidental/Explosion/Mower Hit Propane Line Burns and Heart Attack Outside/Residence Yard N/A
William Wilson 61 Burlington September 17, 2007 September 17, 2007 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Madonna Anderson 40 Mason City October 16, 2007 October 16, 2007 Accidental/Unattended Pan on Stove Unknown Duplex Residence Present, Working but Not Wired Together
Veronica Anderson 10 Mason City October 16, 2007 October 16, 2007 Accidental/Unattended Pan on Stove Unknown Duplex Residence Present, Working but Not Wired Together
Evelyn Rice 83 Des Moines October 25, 2007 October 25, 2007 Accidental/Comb Too Close to Wood Stove Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present
Troy Hansen 22 Center Point November 18, 2007 November 18, 2007 Accidental/Cooking Grease on Stove Unknown Single Family Residence Present
Timothy Mills 60 Greenville November 29, 2007 November 29, 2007 Accidental/Propane Heater in Double Attached Garage Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Burns Residential Garage N/A
David Ludeen 24 Marcus December 5, 2007 December 5, 2007 Accidental/Vehicle Crash Thermal Burns Vehicle N/A
Florence Dixon 56 Waterloo December 7, 2007 December 7, 2007 Accidental/Careless Disposal of Smoking Materials Smoke Inhalation Apartment Present
Michael Babberl 55 Ottumwa December 13, 2007 December 14, 2007 Undetermined Burns Single Family Residence Present
Deborah Rubino 52 Baxter December 17, 2007 August 28, 2008 Accidental/Careless Smoking Thermal Injuries Apartment None
Terry White 65 Conroy December 24, 2007 December 24, 2007 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Semi-Cab in Machine Shed N/A
2006 - Total Fatalities:  33
2006 Fire Fatalities List
Name of Deceased Age Location of Fire Date of Fire Date of Death Cause of Fire Cause of Death Occupancy Smoke Detector Present
Holly Michael 22 Fort Dodge January 8, 2006 January 26, 2006 Arson Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Oris Smith 83 Oskaloosa January 15, 2006 January 15, 2006 Accidental/Cleaning Equipment Caught Clothing on Fire Smoke Inhalation and Burns Residential Garage N/A
Van Hotchkin 50 Kellogg January 22, 2006 January 22, 2006 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Cortrail Lewis 3 mos. Clinton January 29, 2006 January 29, 2006 Accidental/Unattended Cooking Carbon Monoxide Apartment Present, Not Working
Lorraine Forbes 78 Marshalltown February 15, 2006 February 15, 2006 Accidental/Careless Smoking Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present
Bonnie Daniels 51 Ida Grove February 19, 2006 February 19, 2006 Accidental/Careless Smoking on Oxygen Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Burns Single Family Residence None
Kenneth Zillmer 62 Wellman February 23, 2006 February 23, 2006 Undetermined Undetermined Single Family Residence Unknown
Justin Cahoon 4 Monona February 25, 2006 February 25, 2006 Accidental/Playing with Heat Source/Embers from Wood Stove Smoke Inhalation Mobile Home Unknown
Seth Anderson 22 Ottumwa March 5, 2006 March 5, 2006 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Single Family Residence Present
Nathan Messer 21 Ottumwa March 5, 2006 March 5, 2006 Undetermined Carbon Monoxide Single Family Residence Present
Daniel Lawlor 61 Boone March 8, 2006 March 8, 2006 Accidental/Cigarette Burns Single Family Residence Present
Leonard Joseph 47 Coralville March 12, 2006 March 12, 2006 Accidental/Fireworks Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence None
Mary Hebl 95 Tiffin March 19, 2006 March 19, 2006 Accidental/LP Leak Smoke Inhalation and Burns Single Family Residence Unknown
Bradley Raymond 25 Council Bluffs April 1, 2006 April 20, 2006 Undetermined Complications Caused by 2nd and 3rd Degree Burns over 95% of Body Homeless Camp N/A
Becky Kuehl 52 Waukee April 10, 2006 April 10, 2006 Accidental/Propane Explosion Thermal Injuries Single Family Residence Unknown
Don Tosevigen 78 Plymouth April 14, 2006 April 14, 2006 Accidental/Faulty Wiring Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Unknown
Patrick Meenan 19 Ankeny May 9, 2006 May 9, 2006 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Joseph Wilke 42 Eddyville May 21, 2006 May 21, 2006 Undetermined Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence Present
Donna Scheurer 56 Stockton June 8, 2006 August 3, 2006 Accidental/Severed Gas and Fuel Tanks Thermal Burns Vehicle N/A
Kienna Scheurer 5 Stockton June 8, 2006 June 8, 2006 Accidental/Severed Gas and Fuel Tanks Thermal Injuries and Carbon Monoxide Vehicle N/a
Steven Upton 48 Middletown June 12, 2006 June 12, 2006 Accidental/Explosion Explosion Manufacturing Plant Unknown
Justin Friedrichsen 24 Middletown June 12, 2006 June 12, 2006 Accidental/Explosion Explosion Manufacturing Plan Unknown
David McFarland 61 Oskaloosa June 23, 2006 June 24, 2006 Accidental/Spark of Gas from Torch Burns Garage None
Pedro Castro-Gonzales 24 Clive July 30, 2006 July 30, 2006 Accidental/Fuel Tank Rupture Smoke Inhalation and Burns Vehicle N/A
Larry Gwin 68 Brooklyn August 14, 2006 August 14, 2006 Accidental/Careless Unattended Smoking Burns Single Family Residence None
Juanita Gwin 68 Brooklyn August 14, 2006 August 15, 2006 Accidental/Careless Unattended Smoking Burns Single Family Residence None
Hal Peacher 47 Cedar Rapids September 10, 2006 September 10, 2006 Accidental/Unknown Smoke Inhalation and Burns Semi-Vehicle N/A
Jamison Walker 20 Urbandale September 29, 2006 September 29, 2006 Accidental/Unknown Extreme Thermal Burns Vehicle N/A
Ruth Sesitz 72 Burlington October 14, 2006 October 14, 2006 Accidental/Child Playing with Lighter Smoke Inhalation Single Family Residence No Working Detectors
John Hager 45 Clinton November 1, 2006 November 3, 2006 Accidental/Flash Fire-Electric Arc Thermal Injuries and Smoke Inhalation Manufacturing Plant None
Jeffrey Van Omen 39 Wiota December 15, 2006 December 15, 2006 Arson Soot and Smoke Inhalation and Thermal Injuries Vehicle N/A
Harold French 58 Davenport December 23, 2006 December 23, 2006 Accidental/Propane Smoke Inhalation Vehicle N/A
Arvie Connolly 62 Morning Sun December 30, 2006 January 23, 2007 Accidental Complications of Extensive Thermal Burns Outside N/A