According to a press release issued Wednesday, Sept. 26 by the Centerville Fire Department, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at approximately 1:06 p.m. the Centerville Police Department received a 911 call of a fire on the roof of The Gypsy Quarter at 218 E. State St. in Centerville.
The Centerville Fire Department and Mercy Ambulance were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene within three minutes of receiving the call. Mutual aid was requested from several area departments to assist in battling the fire.
It took fire crews three hours to bring the fire under control.
An investigation into the cause of the fire discovered that a contractor was working on the roof of the building doing some metal work and sparks from grinding equipment ignited the fire. The structure is a total loss and several adjoining business’ suffered smoke and water damage. Fire crews were on scene until approximately 9:30 p.m.
There were no injuries reported.
The Centerville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Mystic, Moravia, Moulton, Cincinnati, Albia, Corydon, Seymour, Allerton Fire Departments from Iowa and the Liberty Township Missouri Fire Department along with the Centerville Police Department and Police Reserves, Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol, Mercy Ambulance Service, Mystic First Responders, Alliant Energy, ADLM Emergency Management and the American Red Cross.