Authorities are looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant house in Eastern Iowa; meanwhile, a hot coal was the source of another blaze.


Emergency workers were called out at about 3:30am Sunday, to a structure fire in rural Central City.

Fire crews found the unoccupied house engulfed. The empty structure is owned by Dennis Betzer. No one was injured; the house was a total loss.
The origin of the fire has not yet been determined.

Fire fighters from five Linn County departments were called out over the weekend, to a blaze that started from a hot coal from a woodburning stove.

The incident happened at about 3:45pm Saturday, at the home of Wendy Havlik of rural Toddville. Fire crews from Hiawatha, Alburnett, Robins, Monroe and Center Point responded to the call on Center Point Road.

The blaze began in the laundry room of the home, from a hot coal that was stuck to the glove of the homeowner, after he stoked his woodburning stove.

The fire was contained to the laundry room, where damage was minimal. No one was injured.