Updated: House Fire Claims Life of Charles City man

Charles City, IA – One person is dead following an apartment building fire at 303 5th Avenue in Charles City on Monday afternoon.

The Charles City Fire Department was called to a report of a structure fire at 303 5th Avenue in Charles City at approximately 2:40pm and arrived on the scene 4 minutes later to find the front porch entryway fully engulfed in flames. The home is owned by Linda Brandt.

Firefighters noted that they started fighting the fire with a defensive attack until they learned a person was still inside the building. Crews then spread to the rear of the structure with an offensive attack.

Strong, gusty winds made the fire spread through the complex quickly. When most of the fire was knocked down, an interior search was started and inside the structure, 27 year old Joshua Nelson was found to have died inside one of the apartments.

Upon investigation and eyewitness accounts, it was found that a piece of furniture on the porch of the home was where the fire started. The home was heavily damaged by fire, smoke, and water. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but at this time is likely due to discarded smoking material.

The Charles City Fire Department remained on scene until 6:05PM, but has said they will continue to monitor the structure through the evening for any other possible flare-ups.

The American Red Cross has also arrived on scene to support the families affected. They will provide comfort and other immediate needs, which could include shelter, food, clothing, toiletries or prescriptions as necessary. Red Cross case workers will also work with the families over the coming days to determine if there are other ways the Red Cross may be of assistance.

The Charles City Fire Department was assisted by the Charles City Police Department, Floyd Fire Department, Colwell Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Floyd County Search and Rescue, Floyd County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, MidAmerican Energy, and the Floyd County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Chris was born and raised in Webster City, IA. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.
  • Krystal

    Let’s not make this a place to bash our public service people. If you have no idea how to fight a fire, make no judgements on how it was fought. The scene must be safe before a rescue can be attempted. It is a tragedy that the young man’s life was lost, but there is no sense in losing more lives than necessary.

  • eye witness

    The firemen may as well have brought marshmallows and hotdogs because they didn’t even try and climb the ladder to rescue that poor man. They were told by witnesses there was someone up there but just stood there.