Overnight Fire Destroys Community Building

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CASEY, Iowa -- An investigation is under way after a fire destroyed a community center in the town of Casey overnight.

Fire fighters from fifteen departments responded around 11 PM Tuesday night after the century old building on the town's main street burst into flames.

Shortly after they arrived, the roof and a wall on the building's east side both collapsed.

The building served as Casey's city hall and was also a popular spot for graduation parties and family reunions.

Residents say it was one of the few buildings left in the town that brought people together.

"It was the community building. People could rent it from the town. People would have parties in there,” said Casey resident, Marvin Templeman.

"Everything happened there right there in that building,” Jerry Jones, a Casey resident told Channel 13 News.

City officials have not released any details about the cause of the fire. Nobody was in the building at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.

There is a special city council meeting scheduled for tonight at 6 PM at “The Insurance Store” in Casey.


    • Roberta (Crozier) Schrader

      Was the building insured? Is it possible to re-build? What about a gofundme.com page for rebuild donations? Even though I live out of state, I would contribute as I grew up in the area and understand how important this type of building is to the community.

  • Michaelle Peterson

    It would have been nice in your broadcast to have focused on the fact that of the 15 fire departments that responded, these men and women were Volunteer. They spent all night fighting a fire and then went home (some of them ) took a shower and put in 8 plus hrs at their job, because they love their communities, and that is what Iowans do, help when needed. Without these volunteer’s our small towns would be at a loss, all of main street would have been gone by the time a fire department that gets paid, would have gotten there. I understand that “good news” is that you are going to be at the Meeting tonight, and the fact that No One is commenting on the way the fire started. I live in this community and Good news to me is that No One was hurt, it was contained, and that we have the people in our small communities that volunteer.

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