LA PORTE CITY, Iowa – Family members have confirmed to KCRG-TV9 that the woman trapped inside a burning convenience store early Wednesday morning has died.
Crews responded around 3:52 a.m. to Casey's General Store, 403 Highway 218 North. "We had to use some saws to cut through some doors to get in, just due to the location she was at," said La Porte City Firefighter Shane Clark, who was line officer on the call.
The woman, identified by family members as Colleen Paradine, was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Paradine died from her injuries.
Clark said the Paradine was at the store early to make donuts. The store does not open until 5 a.m.
The store is considered a total loss, with extensive heat and smoke damage inside, Clark said.
Firefighters said the fire was not connected to the donut-making process, because it appears to have originated in a different area, near some electrical appliances. Clark said the fire is not considered suspicious. An official with the state fire marshal's office was expected to investigate the blaze, to determine an exact cause.
About two dozen firefighters from La Porte City and Gilbertville assisted at the scene.