ARLINGTON, IOWA—On Friday, Jan. 24, the Arlington Fire Department received a call at 3:35 a.m. of a house fire at 5094 F. Ave., approximately four miles southwest of Arlington, Iowa. When crews arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames, and it took crews at least two to three hours to realize the extent of the tragedy, that there were five people who perished in the fire.
Arlington Fire Chief Paul Seedorff said, “I just knew with the way the structure looked when we got here, there wasn’t going to be any way we’d be able to get inside and do anything about it.”
Brutal wind chills forced crews from Arlington, Stanley, and Aurora to fight the fire in shifts.
The address was recently listed in public records as the residence of James Dean McCain, 30.