A 116-year-old brick building in downtown Red Oak, Iowa, is now a pile of rubble after a fire early Monday morning.
No injuries were reported, said Brian Hamman, emergency management director for Montgomery County. The building, a former bar, was not in use.
The fire was reported at 12:25 a.m. Monday. Red Oak police were first on the scene and reported seeing heavy smoke and fire, Hamman said. Crews were unable to enter the two-story building because of the smoke and heat, so they fought the fire from a ladder truck.
Red Oak firefighters were aided by ladder trucks from Shenandoah and Clarinda. The blaze was under control by 5 a.m.
The cause is under investigation. Authorities have not found anything suspicious.
The building, at 501 E. Reed St., was constructed in 1897. Montgomery County records indicate it was valued this year at $61,100.
Authorities blocked several streets in downtown Red Oak as firefighters monitored the scene and an excavator knocked down the building’s walls. What was left of the building had to be demolished Monday, because its walls were in danger of collapse, Hamman said.