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Fire damages Monmouth apartment; nobody hurt

MONMOUTH -- Nobody was injured in a two-alarm blaze that scorched a Monmouth townhouse on Thursday evening.

November 13, 2012

MONMOUTH -- Nobody was injured in a two-alarm blaze that scorched a Monmouth townhouse on Thursday evening.

Polk County Fire District No. 1 responded at 9:23 p.m. to what was originally reported as a garage fire in a complex at 233 Whitesell St., Division Chief Neal Olson said.

The caller reported seeing heavy black smoke. When firefighters arrived, flames had spread to the exterior on three floors of the building, Olson said.

Three of the five occupants living in the involved unit were home at the time and were able to safely evacuate, Olson said.

Crews -- about 40 firefighters were on hand -- were able to extinguish the fire at about 10 p.m.

The cause of the incident is under investigation, though it's believed it started with a motorcycle that caught fire in the garage of the townhouse, Olson said.

The complex on Whitesell Street had been built this past summer. There is flame damage to the exterior and smoke damage to the insides of some units, though no cost estimate for damage, Olson said.

Occupants of the building were being housed elsewhere by Windermere Property Management, he said.

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