Efforts established to help Ireton fire victims

Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

By Steve Peterson

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Although the outside of this house at 405 Main St., Ireton, doesn’t look like it sustained much damage, the inside was totally destroyed in a fire Dec. 8.

Ireton and surrounding communities are responding to help a family who lost their home to a fire on Dec. 8.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Ireton City Clerk Deb Korleski. “They’ve come out of the wood work.”

Ireton, Hawarden and Sioux Center fire departments responded to the call at 405 Main St. for a house fire at about 6 a.m., Dec. 8.

All members of the Cervantes family got out safely and are now staying with relatives, said Korleski.

Juan and Patricia Cervantes have four children, three boys and one girl, ranging in age from 3 to 11. They are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hawarden.

“The cause was electrical wiring in the walls. It had gotten to the roof,” said Ireton Fire Chief Richard Steckelberg, adding this was the first house fire in Ireton in many years.

The family is in need of clothing and toiletries:

• There are four children: The boys’ clothing sizes are 12-14, 10, 7 and 5 and the girl’s size is 8.

• The parents’ sizes are women’s size 14-16 and men’s size 32-34 pants and medium-sized shirts.

Donations of clothing may be dropped off at 408 Main St. in Ireton and at Ireton City Offices and West Sioux Elementary School.

Cash donations are being accepted at Iowa State Bank in Ireton.

West Sioux Elementary Principal Carrie Thonstad said she spoke to the family Sunday.

“We’re sending a call out to surrounding communities to help a family in the time of need,” said Thonstad.

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