Two Weeks Since Northwood Fire, Still No Cause

Updated: 03/06/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 03/06/2014 11:20 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Two weeks have gone by since the city of Northwood, Iowa was evacuated due to a fire at Northwood AG Products, but the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

As we reported back on February 20th,, the city's 2,000 residents were evacuated to Kensett, because the fire was at a warehouse that stored hazardous chemicals.

On Thursday Mitch Hanson, the First Assistant Chief with the Northwood Fire Department explained to ABC 6 News, that due to the hazardous material aspect of the investigation, his department is staying out of it for the most part.

However, Hanson says a private fire investigator has been hired by either the owner of Northwood AG Products, or its insurance company. He says the private investigator was at the site last week, but that any investigation would most likely be hampered by the amount of snow that has fallen over the last two weeks.

Hanson says the city of Northwood has hired an environmental consultant to conduct residual testing of the air and nearby surfaces to see if there's any contamination. However, the city is still waiting for the results of those tests.

So far today, ABC 6 News has been unable to speak with Steve Eastman, the owner of Northwood AG Products.

Northwood AG Products Fire: Feb. 20, 2014