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Ottumwa firefighters battle vacant house fire

Ottumwa firefighters were called to the 400 block of Herrmann Avenue just before 2 p.m. Wednesday/KTVO

Ottumwa firefighters battled another vacant house fire Wednesday.

Just before 2 p.m., crews were called to the blaze at 400 block of Herrmann Avenue.

Fire Chief Tony Miller said the house is placarded by the Ottumwa Health Department, and no one was inside when it caught fire. The fire was controlled within an hour.

The cause is under investigation, but Deputy Fire Chief Cory Benge told KTVO the house was powered by electricity, so it’s possible the fire was caused by an electrical failure. Benge said arson is another possibility.

The Ottumwa fire department has responded to a peak of vacant house fires within the last year. The most recent was at another placarded house on Washington Street. There have been four fires reported at that house since April.


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