May 13 Deco fire deemed an accident

(Driftless Multimedia photo by Kate Klimesh)

(Driftless Multimedia photo by Kate Klimesh)

A May 13 fire at Deco Products Company in Decorah has been deemed an accident.

According to a press release from the Decorah Fire Department (DFD), a 911 call reported a fire at the local factory at 9:27 a.m., and the DFD responded. Upon arrival, DFD personnel found smoke and fire coming from the roof of the building. Deco Products personnel used multiple fire extinguishers to control the fire prior to DFD arrival and had evacuated the building. Fire and embers were found in the area of a ventilation fan that was located on the roof of the building. DFD personnel gained access to the roof of the building, the fan enclosure was removed, a small area of fire was extinguished, and a smoldering area was overhauled in a void space in the roof.

Once the fire was extinguished, the area was overhauled, the building was deemed safe to re-occupy, and employees were allowed to return to the building. There were no injuries reported. 

The DFD press release said no damage amount is available, and the cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

The Decorah Fire Department was assisted by the WinnMed Ambulance Service, Decorah Police Department, Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Winneshiek Communications Center and Winneshiek County Emergency Management. 

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