On Tuesday, January 24th, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of a fire at Lambirth Enterprises located at 1764 Highway G-76 in rural Marion County. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion and then saw flames coming from the building. Reports indicated a person was trapped inside the building, but the person was able to make it out of the building just before deputies arrived on scene. Two people were injured and transported by ambulance. One person was transported to Knoxville Hospital and later transported to the University of Iowa Hospital burn unit where they are listed in stable condition. Another person was transported to Pella Hospital and later released.
Indiana Township Fire Department, Knoxville Township Fire Department, Columbia Fire Department, Bussey Fire and Rescue, Melcher Fire Department, Pella Fire Department, Knoxville Rescue and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene of the fire. This fire is currently under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office.