Family safe after Sunday fire destroys home

No people were injured but two dogs died in a house fire Sunday afternoon, Jan. 9, in Carmel.

CARMEL—No people were injured but two dogs died in a house fire Sunday, Jan. 9, in Carmel.

The Sioux Center Fire Department was called at 4:45 p.m. to 3594 Garfield Ave.

The home, owned by Imelda Vargas according to the Sioux County assessor’s land ownership records, was rented by a mother and her three daughters — none of whom were home at the time of the fire.

Sioux Center fire chief Dave Van Holland was first on scene about five minutes after the call came in.

“There was fire coming out of the front of the home,” Van Holland said.

He first called for assistance from Ireton and Rock Valley fire departments but also called Hull and Maurice fire departments as well. The departments provided a total of six tankers and used roughly 30,000 gallons of water to help put out the blaze.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Van Holland estimates it may be a total loss.

“We try to stop it so family can get a photo album, book, something like that or anything out of it yet, but I’m not sure they’re going to get that at all,” Van Holland said.

The fire departments were on scene for about three hours.

“There was no risk of the fire spreading to somewhere else,” Van Holland said. “It was a quiet evening, not very windy. We’re very thankful for that.”