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Vacant Burlington building set for demolition destroyed in fire

A vacant Burlington building that was scheduled for demolition was destroyed in a fire.
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A vacant Burlington building that was scheduled for demolition was destroyed in a fire.

The fire started just after midnight in an old masonry building on Friday, December 11, 2015.  Fire Marshal Mark Crooks said there was heavy fire showing from the roof.

The building, located at 100 South Front Street in Burlington, Iowa, is owned by Burlington River Terminal. It was unused and vacant, according to Crooks.

Crooks said there was a fire hydrant nearly 1,000 feet away and firefighters were able to attack the blaze using hand lines. Firefighters were on scene for more than two hours.

Investigators found that the fire started in one of the rooms and extended into the attic. There was no damage estimate calculated, but the building was considered a total loss.

“No accidental causes for the fire could be identified,” Crooks said in a statement. Burlington’s police and fire departments were investigating the fire.

A total of 15 firefighters responded to the call, 10 from Burlington’s fire department and five from West Burlington’s.