CENTERVILLE, Iowa – A firefighter has died after battling a fire in Centerville.
Emergency crews responded to 22900 Highway 5 in Centerville, known as the Cowan Enterprises building, at about 7:30 p.m. Friday. By about 8 p.m., the north and east side of the facility was engulfed in flames.
Crews learned that there was a 1,000 gallon propane tank located on the outside of the building and a 500 gallon propane tank inside of the building, at that point crews took a defensive stance to fight the fire.
The fire was under control at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours.
A member of the Centerville Fire Department passed away after being released from the fire scene. Due to the circumstances it is being considered as death while on the line of duty. The firefighter’s name is not being released at this time.