Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–A Storm Lake woman was treated for smoke inhalation following a Sunday afternoon house fire.
The Storm Lake Fire Department responded to 1013 North Michigan Street at 4:25 and arrived to find black smoke coming from the basement of the residence. The lone occupant, 68-year-old Graciela Arambula, had escaped from the home and went to a neighbor’s.
Fire fighters entered the residence and extinguished a fire burning in the basement in the furnace and attached ducting. Fire damage was limited to the furnace with moderate smoke damage to the residence. Damage is estimated at $2,500. The fire is believed to have started in the furnace caused by a mechanical malfunction.
Arambula was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment for smoke inhalation.
The fire department was on scene for approximately 30 minutes and was assisted at the scene by the Storm Lake Police Department and Buena Vista County Paramedics.