Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 7, 2012

2 residents missing in Moravia fire

Appanoose County Sheriff's Office

MORAVIA — The Appanoose County Sheriff office is currently investigating a rural Moravia fire that happened overnight, according to a press release from the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office. Two people, a husband and wife living at the residence, are unaccounted for and were believed to be in the residence at the time of the fire.

On Tuesday, March 6 at approximately 10:05 p.m. the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a residential fire at 14498 250th Ave. in Moravia. The caller reported an explosion at the residence and believed the occupants of the residence were inside the burning home.

Upon arrival at the two story rural farm dwelling, the residence was found to be fully engulfed in fire which prohibited fire personnel from making a search and rescue of the residence.

A husband and wife, who were renting the residence, were last seen shortly after 9 p.m. returning home to the residence. All of the occupant’s vehicles have been account for at the residence and it is believed the occupants were inside the residence at the time of the fire.

The names of the occupants are not being released by law enforcement until further details in the investigation are gathered.

Appanoose County Sheriff has requested assistance from the Iowa State Fire Marshall and investigation at the scene of the fire is ongoing.

Emergency responders from Moravia, Centerville, Mystic and Mercy Ambulance were called to the scene to assist with controlling the blaze.