June 24, 2021

One man injured in Kellogg house fire

Multiple pets perished in the incident

A Kellogg man sustained injuries as a result of a house fire at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. According to the Kellogg Fire Department, they arrived on scene in the 220th block of Adair Street and immediately saw heavy smoke coming from the residence. All occupants were out of the house upon arrival.

The only person in the house at the time of the fire was transported by ambulance to MercyOne Newton Medical Center then transferred to the University of Iowa Burn Unit. His condition is unknown at this time.

Multiple dogs and cats were in the house as well and at least two died in the fire. Others were taken to an animal hospital to be treated for burns and inhalation injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the state fire marshal’s office.

Fire crews were on scene until 2 a.m. to extinguish the blaze. The house received significant damage from the fire, smoke and water.

Kellogg Assistant Fire Chief Calvin Dhondt believes the house could be a total loss but that hasn’t been officially determined.

Dhondt has served on the volunteer fire crew for 13 years, and said, “Fires like these have been rare for the town. We don’t see this type of stuff very often unless we are in Newton.”

The KFD received mutual-aid assistance from the Newton Fire Department, Sully Fire, Grinnell Fire and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Pam Pratt at 641-792-3121 ext. 6530 or pampratt@newtondailynews.com

Pam Pratt

I have been at the Newton News since October 2014. I started as the Associate Editor and was promoted to Editor in April 2019.