Fire destroys rural Marshalltown home

A rural Marshalltown home was destroyed by a fast-moving fire Friday night.

The fire originally started in the garage area at approximately 4:45 p.m. and spread to the home located at 2617 Taylor Ave. southeast of Marshalltown. No residents were injured in the incident, which led to a response from several area fire departments.

“It was called in as a garage fire and it must have spread to the house,” said Haverhill Fire Chief Dick Stalzer. “The wind has helped fuel the fire.”

Consumers Energy was called to shut off power near the home and several fire tanker trucks made a nonstop stream to the site for more than an hour.

Charlie Butcher, who owns the property, said his son’s family lives there. He said his son called him from Texas to tell him about the fire. The owner seemed relatively calm on the scene.

“I don’t get excited about much,” Butcher said. “I hope the insurance will cover it.”

Stalzer said he was unclear how the fire started.

It was one of several fires reported in the county Friday during dry and windy conditions, which made for a busy day for volunteer departments.