Fire Destroys 3 Businesses in Downtown West Union, Iowa

May 17, 2010

Three businesses in downtown West Union, Iowa, have been destroyed by fast-moving fire.

Firefighters were called to the area by passers-by at about 5 a.m. on May 15 and spent much of the morning battling the blaze.

Officials say an Edward Jones insurance office, Shangri La Energy and Body Therapy and Miller Insurance in the downtown business area were destroyed.

West Union fire Chief Roger Gamm says the fire started upstairs and quickly spread.

A firewall kept the blaze from spreading past the building that the three businesses were in. He says nearby structures sustained minor smoke damage.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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