More Details Emerge from Fatal Fire in Columbus Junction

Rubble remains in the 100 block of Main Street in Columbus Junction on Monday morning, March 28, 2011, following a fire on Saturday, March 26, 2011. (Matt Nelson/SourceMedia Group News)


By Kelli Sutterman

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Authorities have released the name of the other victim in the fire that killed two and injured two in Columbus Junction on Saturday.

James Mitchell, 57, of Columbus Junction died in the fire, police reported today.

Authorities reported Tuesday that Timothy L. Miles, 52, of Columbus Junction was the other man who died. Paul Buffington, 76, was transported by air to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Percy Taylor, 48, was also injured but refused treatment at the scene.

However, police are still not saying anything about what may have caused the fire. The State Fire Marshall’s office is handling the investigation and officials there say findings might not be available for weeks.

The fire broke out at around 2:45 Saturday afternoon near 110 Main Street in downtown. Police Chief Donnie Orr said it’s the first mutli-death fire he’s seen in his 18 years of service in Columbus Junction.

“It’s shocking to me and shocking to everyone in town,” said Orr. “It’s something that you hope never happens.”

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