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Highway 117 near Colfax shut down in Wednesday fire

Fire and rescue crews from multiple Jasper County agencies battle a blaze Wednesday morning at 605 
Highway 117 S. near Colfax. The highway was still closed in both directions as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Fire and rescue crews from multiple Jasper County agencies battle a blaze Wednesday morning at 605 Highway 117 S. near Colfax. The highway was still closed in both directions as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

COLFAX — A house fire south of Colfax forced crews to shut down north and southbound traffic on Highway 117 South Wednesday morning between Colfax and Prairie City.

Crews from multiple fire departments and law enforcement agencies responded to the blaze at 605 Highway 117 S. According to Jasper County Sheriff Chief Deputy Duane Rozendaal, no one was home when the fire began around 9:06 a.m.

Rozendaal said it was initially reported as a fire in an attached garage, but due to the high winds Wednesday it quickly spread to the house and a nearby RV trailer. The homeowner arrived on scene at 9:45 a.m.

A medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but investigators canceled the air ambulance when it was discovered the home was vacant.

Colfax Fire Department was the first emergency personnel on scene. Prairie City police and fire, Baxter Police and fire Newton Fire Department, Iowa State Patrol, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Alliant Energy all assisted at the scene.

No one was injured in the fire, but the Prairie City police chief was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Contact Mike Mendenhall at
mmendenhall@newtondailynews.com

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