Massive fire destroys $1.8 million home in Warren County

Published: Jul. 23, 2018 at 6:35 AM CDT
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Fire investigators are investigating what caused a massive blaze that destroyed a multimillion-dollar home in Warren County.

Fire rescue personnel were sent just after 9 a.m. Sunday to the 7900 block of Adams Road in Cumming. Norwalk firefighter Thomas Fischer said the home is considered a total loss, yet no one was injured.

The property value of the home was listed as $1.8 million, fire officials said.

The rural house fire shook neighbors from their normally quiet routine.

“I heard a bunch of sirens coming through,” neighbor Taylor Voitel said. “In the morning on Sundays in our neighborhood, it is pretty quiet, so it’s kind of weird to have sirens and fast cars coming through.”

Fischer said there were initially four firefighters to battle the fire, which fully engulfed the house. “When I got en route, I saw smoke and automatically started my second alarm,” Fischer said.

Agencies from West Des Moines, Waukee, Martensdale and Northern Warren County responded to the scene.

Firefighters kept a safe distance while fighting the flames so when parts of the home collapsed, they were not in danger, Fischer said.

But the biggest problem, he said, was getting water to the rural home.

There were trucks dumping water, and another truck drafted water from a nearby pond, Fischer said.

Despite their best efforts, firefighters were not able to save the home.

“Seeing your friend’s home go down in flames like this is just sad,” Fischer said.

The home is owned by Britt Baker, the chief executive officer of Baker Electric, Inc., according to the Warren County Assessors page.

He was not home when the fire started, but he arrived at the scene early Sunday afternoon.

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