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One Killed in Charles City Fire

Posted at: 03/31/2014 10:22 PM
Updated at: 04/01/2014 3:16 PM

Charles City fire claims Joshua Nelson, age 27
Charles City fire claims Joshua Nelson, age 27
Photo: Courtesy Mason City Globe Gazette

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One person was killed in a fire Monday afternoon in Charles City.

The fire department says a 4-plex apartment at 303 5th Avenue was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at 2:40pm.

"When most of the fire was knocked down, an interior search was started, and inside the structure a person was found to have died inside one of the apartments," Fire Chief Eric Whipple said in a release.

Police in Charles City say the victim is 27 year old Joshua Nelson who was a resident at the apartment.

"Strong, gusty winds made the fire spread through the complex quickly," Whipple added.

The cause of the fire is likely discarded smoking material.