One Killed in Charles City Fire

Updated: 04/01/2014 3:16 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 10:22 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One person was killed in a fire Monday afternoon in Charles City.

The fire department says a 4-plex apartment at 303 5th Avenue was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at 2:40pm.

"When most of the fire was knocked down, an interior search was started, and inside the structure a person was found to have died inside one of the apartments," Fire Chief Eric Whipple said in a release.

Police in Charles City say the victim is 27 year old Joshua Nelson who was a resident at the apartment.

"Strong, gusty winds made the fire spread through the complex quickly," Whipple added.

The cause of the fire is likely discarded smoking material. 

Charles City fire claims Joshua Nelson, age 27
Courtesy Mason City Globe Gazette