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Emergency Information

HAWK ALERT Structure fire in progress at Clinton and Burlington Street please avoid the area see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

HAWK ALERT Structure fire in progress at Clinton and Burlington Street please avoid the area see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

Situation Update(s): 

The Iowa City Fire Department has the scene under control, but the scene is still active. Please continue to avoid the area. 

03/05/2019 - 4:10pm

Update from City of Iowa City:

  • Burlington Street closed overnight from Clinton to Dubuque. 
  • Court Street Transportation Center closed. 
  • Dubuque Street ramp open. 
  • Bus stops Downtown will be missed & routes detoured until further notice. 

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03/05/2019 - 6:34pm

Update from City of Iowa City: 100 block of Burlington St. closed Wednesday due to fire

The 100 block of East Burlington Street will likely be closed all day Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and will have an impact on morning commutes throughout Downtown.

After a structure fire heavily damaged a construction site Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Burlington and South Clinton Street, Burlington will be closed between South Dubuque Street and Clinton. 

The damaged construction project will be taken down Wednesday morning.

Traffic will be detoured onto Dubuque, Court and Clinton while the block is closed. All other streets will remain open in the Downtown area. The Court Street Transportation Center will be open for parking as well. 

Traffic is expected to be impacted throughout the area due to Burlington's partial closure. Please use caution when commuting Wednesday. 

For more information, contact Sgt. Derek Frank at 319-356-5293 or derek-frank@iowa-city.org

For full release from the Iowa City Police Department, see this link. 

03/06/2019 - 6:59pm

100 Block of Burlington St. expected to remain closed into Saturday due to fire

The 100 block of East Burlington Street will likely be closed into Saturday and will have an impact on commutes throughout Downtown.

After a structure fire heavily damaged a construction site Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Burlington and South Clinton Street, Burlington will be closed between South Dubuque Street and Clinton. 

The damaged construction project is currently being torn down, and the immediate site being cleared. Reopening the block is dependent upon upcoming weather conditions. 

Traffic will be detoured onto Dubuque, Court and Clinton while the block is closed. All other streets will remain open in the Downtown area.

Traffic is expected to be impacted throughout the area due to Burlington's partial closure. Please use caution when commuting. 

For more information, contact Sgt. Derek Frank at 319-356-5293 or derek-frank@iowa-city.org

03/06/2019 - 5:26pm

Update: 100 Block of Burlington St. expected to remain closed into Sunday due to fire

The 100 block of East Burlington Street is now expected to remain closed into Sunday and will have an impact on commutes throughout Downtown.

After a structure fire heavily damaged a construction site Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Burlington and South Clinton Street, Burlington will be closed between South Dubuque Street and Clinton. 

The damaged construction project is currently being torn down, and the immediate site being cleared. Reopening the block is dependent upon upcoming weather conditions. 

Traffic will be detoured onto Dubuque, Court and Clinton while the block is closed. All other streets will remain open in the Downtown area.

Traffic is expected to be impacted throughout the area due to Burlington's partial closure. Please use caution when commuting. 

For more information, contact Sgt. Derek Frank at 319-356-5293 or derek-frank@iowa-city.org

03/08/2019 - 3:59pm
Status: 
Inactive-Other Law Enforcement Agency Investigation
Notes: 

Update from Iowa City Fire Department: Cause of Hieronymus Square fire determined 

The Iowa City Fire Department has completed its investigation of the origin and cause of the Tuesday, March 5, 2019 structure fire at a construction site in Downtown. 

The fire started at a construction site at Hieronymus Square, near the intersection of East Burlington Street and South Clinton Street Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation, which included interviews and a physical investigation, found that the fire started in a third-floor room on the north side of the building.

The room had a temporary 10' by 10' tent structure used as a warming area for combustible subfloor adhesives. The tent housed several cases of the adhesives and a liquid propane-fueled radiant heater. The heater was fueled by a liquid propane tank outside the tent. 

The heater came in contact with the combustibles in the tent and started a fire. Flames grew and the liquid propane tank started to vent, providing more fuel until it exploded. Strong winds then carried flames through the structure rapidly. 

It is estimated that the initial loss is $1,000,000. The investigation is pending any additional information that could surface. 

For more information, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or at brian-greer@iowa-city.org


Update from Iowa City Fire Department: Structure Fire at 314 South Clinton Street

The Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 314 South Clinton Street at 2:49 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, The first fire unit arrived on scene approximately 3 minutes after notification and reported a working structure fire on the third floor of a four-story building that was under construction.  

Seventeen fire personnel responded to the initial alarm. Outside agency support and assistance was provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, North Liberty Fire Department, Coralville Fire Department, Solon Fire Department, Tiffin Fire Department, Lone Tree Fire Department, Hills Fire Department, Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, Iowa City Public Works, Iowa City Water Department, Mid-American Energy Company, Salvation Army, and the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency,

The fire was brought under control in approximately forty minutes with complete extinguishment occurring three hours and twenty minutes after initial dispatch.  

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. One construction worker was rescued from the on-site construction crane with no reported injuries.  A loss estimate is not yet available.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department.

For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255

For full release from the Iowa City Fire Department, see this link.