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MASON CITY | Authorities have identified a victim who died in a house fire Friday afternoon that destroyed the home on the 900 block of North Tyler Avenue.

Janet Huey was found in the home at 927 North Tyler by a Mason City Fire Fighter while performing a search and rescue, Fire Marshal Jamey Medlin said in a press release.

The Mason City Fire Department responded to a report of a fire and smoke at 12:12 p.m. Friday.

Medlin said the cause of the fire was a surge protector/multi-plug power tap. The fire engulfed the back of the house in flames. 

Mason City Fire Capt. Jack Odegaard confirmed Friday afternoon that one person died in the house where the fire occurred. He added he could not provide any more information, pending the department's investigation.

Neighbors told the Globe Gazette on Friday that the tight-knit block has felt much loss in the past few weeks, with the loss of another neighbor who died of a heart attack. 

Mason City Police Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted Mason City Fire Department in the investigation.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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