COUNCIL BLUFFS — The city plans today to demolish a Council Bluffs home that burned early Tuesday.
The house at 2659 Fifth Ave. was fully engulfed in flames when Council Bluffs firefighters arrived about 1 a.m., Assistant Fire Chief Matt Thomas said.
Firefighters contained the blaze but were unable to enter the house because it was unsafe, Thomas said. The structure was a loss, he said.
Thomas said the home was vacant and the utilities were cut off. Pottawattamie County records list Susan K. Graves Kennedy as the owner.
The fire was reported when a neighbor, whose vinyl siding was melted by the fire, saw flames out his window, Thomas said. He estimated the damage to that house at a few thousand dollars.
Temperatures around zero made battling the fire difficult, Thomas said, though there were no problems with equipment or hoses freezing.
The investigation into the fire was continuing.