House fire kills 3 children, 1 adult in west central Iowa


November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a house fire in west central Iowa has killed four people. The fire in Lake City started sometime before 1:45 a.m. Tuesday and was discovered by a police officer on patrol.  The state fire marshal’s office says three children and one adult were killed.

Lake City Police Chief Bobby Rist says one of his officers noticed smoke coming from the south edge of town. The officer followed the smoke to the house and found it ablaze.  Rist says the smoke and flames prevented the officer from getting into the house.

Investigators say the fire is not considered suspicious, but the cause is being investigated. Lake City is a town of about 1,700 residents that sits about 75 miles northwest of Des Moines.