HJ - S 21st House Fire

Clarinda firefighters respond to a house fire Wednesday, May 13, that also damaged the garage of a home at 1137 S. 21st St. in Clarinda. There were no injures and the fire was brought under control in 30 minutes. (Herald-Journal photo by Gene Chapman)

A Clarinda family escaped an early morning house fire Saturday, May 9, without injury.

The Clarinda Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the home of Daniel Childs, 711 N. 14th St. in Clarinda, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Clarinda Fire Chief Roger Williams estimated the fire started at least one hour earlier where the utility services entered the home.

Williams said the fire had spread from the outside of the house to the second floor. The roof and second floor of the house were nearly destroyed in the blaze. The rest of the house sustained water, heat and smoke damage making it uninhabitable.

A driver on the Clarinda bypass reported signs of another fire at approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at 1137 S. 21st St.

Everyone had safely evacuated the house when the fire department arrived on scene. Williams said the electrical fire started at the back of the house and burned through to the garage.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes.

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