January 23, 2021
At 5:47 AM Saturday January 23, 2021 the Burlington Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1619 Ashmun Street in Burlington. Firefighters arrived at 5:52 AM to find heavy fire showing on the south side of the single-family home. The sole occupant of the home was alerted to the fire by working smoke detectors and was able to escape through a back door. The occupant was later assisted by a Burlington police officer that had arrived shortly after the 911 call. The occupant was treated at the scene by fire department paramedics and transported to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington for further treatment. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and declared the fire out at 7:28 AM.
The single-family rental house is owned by Abe Islami and is insured. Damages are estimated at $30,000 to the structure and $15,000 to contents. There is no renter’s insurance.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is not considered suspicious.
Eleven Burlington firefighters initially responded to the call and were assisted by nine West Burlington firefighters responding on automatic aid. Burlington Police, Superior Ambulance, and Alliant Energy also assisted at the scene. One firefighter was injured after slipping on ice and is still being treated. Firefighters remained at the scene until 8:49 AM.