deadly fire in rural wapello county

One man is dead after a Saturday night (3/9) house fire in Wapello County.  The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office tells the No Coast Network that firefighters were called to a home on 194th Avenue, about six miles west of Ottumwa at 9:17 Saturday night.  When fire crews from Blakesburg and the Wapello Rural Fire Department arrived, they found a one story home heavily engulfed with flames.  Firefighters also found the body of a dead man at the scene.  The victim’s name hasn’t been released pending notification of relatives; and there will be an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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