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Update: One person is hospitalized in Toledo apartment blaze

February 19, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Anita Grocholski, 56, was identified by her neighbor as the occupant of a three unit apartment house at 207 East High Street in Toledo who was hurt in a fire early Saturday morning in Toledo. Grocholski was transported to UnityPoint Health, Marshalltown, by Toledo ambulance then transferred by Air Care to University Hospitals in Iowa City after fire broke out in her apartment early Saturday morning, Feb. 17.

She was reported to have suffered 2nd degree burns and was in the burn unit.

Toledo Fire Chief Kendall Jordan said the occupant of a second apartment was able to escape unharmed and the third apartment was reported vacant Jordan said.

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A Toledo firefighter begins to battle the blaze which appears to have destroyed a Toledo apartment house in Toledo early Saturday morning, Feb. 17 which left one occupant injured. Toledo and Tama firefighters were on the scene for over four hours. Chronicle photos/John Speer

Jordan said it is believed the fire was caused by a space heater in the woman's apartment on the first floor. The lower level rear portion of the two-story frame home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 1:45 a.m.

He estimated damage at $80,000 and said the property, which is located directly across High Street from the Toledo Public Librarywas believed a total loss.

The rental property is owned by Mike Stein, Tama, Jordan said.

Toledo firefighters aided by mutual aid from the Tama Fire Department were on the scene until 6 a.m.



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