MASON CITY | One person died and another was injured as the result of a house fire Wednesday night at 1516 S. Coolidge Ave. in Mason City.
Homeowner Jesse Pierce, 62, died after being taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, according to a press release from the Mason City Fire Department.
Cherie McClemons, 59, who lived with Pierce, was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.
A condition report for McClemons wasn't available Thursday.
Police officers first arrived on the scene around 11:22 p.m. Wednesday. After forcing open a door on the south side of the house, they discovered Pierce on the floor.
Firefighters found McClemons unconscious on her bedroom floor.
Officials believe the fire started in a recliner in the living room, sparked by a cigarette that fell from an overturned ashtray into the seat cushion and arm of the chair.
A neighbor reported the fire, according to the press release.
A spokesperson for the Fire Department said the home had smoke detectors but they didn't have batteries.
Firefighters remained on scene until 2:35 a.m. Thursday.
— John Skipper, Ashley Miller