Fire Marshal determines cause of Rush Co. house fire

Hays Post – April 23, 2015

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office completed an investigation Thursday of a fire at rural Rush County home.

The fire in a 2-story residence at 1277 Avenue G started just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday according to Rush County Sheriff Ward Corsair.

The investigation determined that items stacked too close to an upstairs furnace caused the blaze.

“Nobody was home at the time the fire started. However, one resident returned in time to see smoke and call for help,” said Corsair.

The McCracken, La Crosse, Alexander and Liebenthal fire departments responded to the fire.

The home suffered smoke and water damage along with fire damage to one room. There is no estimate on the amount of damage and there were no injuries.

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