Firefighter loses home…to fire


October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa man who has fought to save many homes from fire over the years, had to face the loss of his own home, Tuesday. Mondamin Fire Chief Norm Wallis, from rural Mondamin, was on his way back from lunch Tuesday afternoon, when he saw smoke coming from Interstate 29. The 55-year old volunteer firefighter dialed 9-1-1, and when he reached his mobile home, quickly reacted to cut power to the structure and move his vehicles and equipment away from the flames, just as he would have done if he was working to save any other property in danger of being consumed by fire.

Area firefighters from Mondamin, Modale, Magnolia and Little Sioux helped extinguish the blaze. Wallis told the Omaha World-Herald, he had worried the entire summer about the Missouri River flood waters but those stopped about 100 feet from his place. Wallis’ mobile home and its contents were a total loss, but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation continues, but officials said it did not appear to be suspicious in nature.