Investigators say a space heater was the cause of a fire that damaged a westside home Wednesday morning.
Sioux City Fire Rescue was called to 1900 West 1st Street around 7:15am and found flames visible inside the one-story, single family home.
The only occupant had safely exited the home prior to the fire department’s arrival.
Fire investigators have ruled the blaze accidental with a space heater igniting nearby combustibles.
The space heater was powered by an extension cord connected to a neighbor’s house.
That’s because the house had its utilities turned off.
A previous fire took place at the same home on December 13th caused by the occupants using a fire contained in a metal can as a source of heat because all utilities had been discontinued.
City Inspectors had red-tagged the home at that time until utilities could be reconnected.
The structure sustained moderate damage in Wednesday’s fire.
The incident remains under investigation.
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