TOTAL LOSS: Family Flees Fort Dodge House Fire

Posted on: 11:35 am, January 6, 2014, by , updated on: 05:37pm, January 6, 2014

A family of five is safe after an early morning fire destroyed their home in Fort Dodge.

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett says crews were called to 1415 N. 11th just after 1:30 a.m. Monday on a report of a house fire.

Jodi Berns-Lennon says she was still awake when she smelled burning. Then she heard the smoke detector go off.  She and her husband and three children were able to escape the home with the pet dog. They left the home in only their pajamas, fleeing into frigid temperatures.

Firefighters battled the blaze as well as the extreme cold. One firefighter was injured when he fell into the basement. He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries then released.

Berns-Lennon’s husband Jim was treated for smoke inhalation but is ok.

“It was horrible to watch from the neighbors to see your whole life go up…and everything in it…and all of our memories are up in smoke,” says Berns-Lennon. She says though the home is a total loss, they plan to rebuild.

Bens-Lennon says she is very thankful for all of the firefighters and emergency responders that helped at the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with lodging, food, and clothing.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


  • That’s good, they are all okay!!!

  • Doris Salton says:

    My thought and prayers go out to them. I know the feeling as 2006 we lost are home and everything. Terrible to watch. Praying for all of them.

  • I am glad all made it out, including the dog. I also am a member of the “My house burned down club”…The weather had to of been brutal for the EMS workers. Everything lost, though it had great value, can be replaced. A life can not. Has a support fund been established for donations of aid?

  • tammi berns says:

    a fund has been set up for the family at wells fargo under Jodi berns lennon thank you!

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