More Than A Dozen Displaced By Saturday Fire in Coralville
According to KCRG, a fire started in the 300 block of Second St. in Coralville, off the Coralville strip, displacing 17 residents this weekend.
The building, seen above, is also home to several businesses including A-One Uniforms, Quality Care Lawn, and Taxes Plus. Officials haven't yet released the cause of the fire but reports say they spent hours extinguishing the blaze, which happened late Saturday night.
One resident, Todd Palmer, who lives in the building, said most of his belongings were still inside as he and other inhabitants were evacuated. Despite the uncertainty of his loss, Palmer is taking everything in stride.
It’s just material things, you go through so many material things in your life. You’re always going to change material things, it’s just another thing
According to an additional report from KCRG, "multiple ladder trucks were applying water to put out the flames. Large amounts of smoke were visible at the scene and from blocks away."
The Red Cross and Salvation Army were on the scene to assist Palmer and other residents and business owners who were affected by the fire.
Just losing everything, just the trauma, emotional trauma, just trying to meet them where they are and help them as best as we can, said Salvation Army Major Keith Graham
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