Report: Columbus Junction Fire That Killed Two Started on Stove

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 Aaron Hepker

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COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — An investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office has concluded that a fire at an apartment building in Columbus Junction last month that killed two residents was accidentally started, and originated on a kitchen stove.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Friday the investigation into the March 26 fire is completed. Killed in the blaze were 52-year-old Timothy Miles and 57-year-old James Mitchell, who were found dead inside the building by firefighters.

Two others — 76-year-old Paul Buffington and 48-year-old Percy Taylor — were injured. Buffington was flown to Iowa City for treatment while Taylor refused treatment at the scene.

The department did not immediately release any more details about the cause of the fire.

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