Rural Monona home a total loss following Jan. 4 fire

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Smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters from multiple departments battled a house fire at 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, on Jan. 4. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith said the home is a complete loss. It was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added. (Submitted photo)

A rural Monona home has been labeled a complete loss, following a fire Jan. 4.

The Monona Fire Department was called to 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, at 9:55 a.m., for a report of a house fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home completely engulfed, according to Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith. The home was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added.

Approximately 50 firefighters remained at the scene until noon, battling not just the blaze, but temperatures hovering around 0 degrees. Monona fire trucks could be seen making numerous trips back and forth to the site, transporting water.

Smith said the home is a complete loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Monona Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Luana, Farmersburg, St. Olaf and McGregor fire departments, as well as the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Clayton County Secondary Roads, Iowa Department of Transportation, MFL Ambulance Service, Allamakee/Clayton REC and MB Construction.

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