Fire and ice

No one was injured when a fire broke out in the second floor of an apartment house Wednesday night in Fort Dodge.

Flames were blowing out a second-story window at 204 K St. when firefighters arrived.

Working in bitterly cold temperatures, firefighters scaled ladders and pulled a hoseline up an inside staircase to attack the flames.

The fire was reported at 8:19 p.m.

Fire Chief Kent Hulett said no one was home when the fire started. He added that firefighters were looking for four dogs that were reported to be in the building. He said he was also concerned about the possiblity that there was some ammunition in the burning apartment.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined late Wednesday night.

At the time of the fire, the wind chill factor had reduced the temperature to 22 degrees below zero.

Neighbors said the building had one apartment on the second floor and one on the first floor.

Residents of both apartments had to stay with relatives Wednesday night. The American Red Cross was summoned to help the residents.

Online records of the Webster County assessor’s office list the property owner as Blayne T. Tiernan. Those records also indicate the structure was built in 1911 as a single family house.

Fort Dodge firefighters were assisted by city police and paramedics from Trinity Regional Medical Center. Emergency personnel were still on the scene at about 10 p.m.