Adel assisted-living residents evacuate for fire late Thursday


ADEL, Iowa — Residents of the Von Fossen Square Independent Senior Living at 504 Van Fossen Lane were briefly evacuated Thursday about 10:45 p.m. after a fire was reported in one of the senior housing units.

There were no injuries in the fire-alarm event.

Bundled against the 19-degree night, the elderly residents waited outdoors until Adel firefighters responded and located the source of the heavy smoke.

The investigation of the fire is ongoing, but a spokesperson for the Adel Volunteer Fire Department said it appeared the smoke was isolated to a furnace unit from which a dirty furnace filter was removed.

The Adel Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Adel Volunteer Fire Department, Dallas Center Volunteer Fire Department and De Soto Volunteer Fire Department responded to the incident. will update this story as information becomes available.



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