LAKE CITY, IA (KPTM) – A house fire in central Iowa killed a woman and three young children. The flames broke out in Lake City, which is about 180 miles northeast of Omaha.
An officer said he saw smoke around the corner that was coming from the house. He tried to get inside, but couldn't because of flames that were shooting through the windows.
"It had a pretty good start and we knew when the second flood had gone—that if they were upstairs, then we had a problem," Lake City Fire Chief Mel Alcox said.
Alcox said 23-year-old Tyra Faye Pierson and her 11-month-old son Xavier were upstairs when the fire spread.
The other two children— 8-year-old Madison Lynn and 3-year-old Wyatt Zane were downstairs. Pierson's relation to Lynn and Zane are unclear.
No one survived.
"She was trying to get down," Alcox said. "But she had everything against her because all of the smoke was going up. There were no doors on the stairway to keep the smoke from going up."
Lake City's police chief said the four bodies will undergo autopsies Wednesday morning. Neighbors, like Heather Lloyd, hope this will help with determining the cause of this fire she says brought a change to their community that won't ever be the same.
"I couldn't even tell you what they are going through, it's such a horrible thing that could happen to a family," Lloyd said. "They were so young, and everybody loved them. They were just good to the town."
The parents were both at work when the fire started.
A fund is set up for the family through United Bank of Iowa.
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