No Injuries Reported in Sioux Center Apartment Fire

January 26, 2021 11:28am

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No injuries were reported in a two-story apartment building fire in Sioux Center this (Tuesday) morning.


According to authorities, the Sioux Center Fire Department responded to a call from a resident of the building at 5:45am.  When firefighters arrived, there was no visible smoke outside.  The blaze apparently broke out in the ceiling of one of the three second-floor apartments.  A light haze of smoke was visible in the main living area of that apartment, and after pulling material out of the way, authorities revealed about a 10x10 foot area of charred structural 2x4’s above the ceiling.


Fire Captain Dale Vander Berg says it appeared to be an electrical fire, and since the electricity had been shut off to reduce further damage, the blaze was easily extinguished using a fire extinguisher, no foam or water was used.


The building’s owner, Perry Van Gorp, says his goal is to get the heat back on in the building so that tenants in the remaining four apartments could return to their homes. The building has one basement apartment, one on the main floor and three on the second floor.