A father and two teenage children in rural Otley escaped their home after a fire started in their garage on Nov. 29.
According to Pella Fire Captain Randy Bogaard, the Pella Fire Department received a call from the father around 3:20 a.m., stating his garage was filled with smoke in the Park Hills subdivision near Otley. The father was awoken by a smoke detector, and he and his two teenage children were able to escape the home.
Bogaard says the garage was fully engulfed in flames and had started to spread to the attic and the roof of the home when they arrived on the scene. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but both the garage and the home are a loss. Some items were salvageable.
The Pella Fire Department, Pella Ambulance, Knoxville Fire and Rescue, Knoxville Township Rural Fire, Monroe Fire, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office all responded. No injuries were reported.