Public Safety

Chicken, cat survive Iowa City house fire

No other occupants were home when firefighters arrived

Iowa City house fire at 954 E. Davenport St., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Iowa City Fire Department photo)
Iowa City house fire at 954 E. Davenport St., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Iowa City Fire Department photo)

IOWA CITY — A baby chicken and a cat were rescued by Iowa City firefighters Tuesday night after they quickly brought a house fire under control.

At 7:14 p.m., neighbors reported smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story home at 954 E. Davenport St. Upon their arrival four minutes later, Iowa City Fire Department crews saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor.

Within 20 minutes the fire was put out, and the chicken and cat were found during a search of the home and moved to safety. No other occupants were found in the home.

The fire department estimated $20,000 in damage to the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Additional support and assistance was provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Joint Communications Center and Mid-American Energy.

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