Man Killed in Polk City House Fire Identified

POLK CITY, Iowa - The man killed in a Polk City house fire Tuesday night has been identified.

Firefighters responded to 713 Washington Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived on the scene, they were told one person remained in the home. The victim, identified as 46-year-old Mike Nelson, was located but firefighters were unable to resuscitate him.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Nelson was a seven-year employee of the Iowa Donor Network as a member of the recovery team. He was also a registered donor.

"In one last act of kindness, Michael was able to heal lives through tissue donation," the Donor Network tells Channel 13.

A memorial fund has been established through Grinnell State Bank in Polk City. A GoFundMe page has also been set up.

Neighbors say there was no fire or smoke in sight - only flashing lights from emergency responders - as well as the smell of smoke.

"I didn't know too much was going on until I saw all the flashing lights, and all the police cars, and all the fire engines in town," said David Curtis, a neighbor. "At the time that I came outside, there were no visible flames. There was a scent of smoke - there was no visible smoke at that time."

Curtis says he knew Nelson for many years, and called him a man who loved to serve his community.

"We've known them for many years. Mike was a volunteer firefighter in Polk City. A paramedic, and he has worked for ambulance services - very fine man," he said. "Mike was a very good citizen of the community; very good neighbor of this neighborhood, and we'll remember him fondly."