At 9:10 a.m.on Thursday October 31, 2013, the Garwin/Gladbrook Fire Departments were dispatched to a residential house explosion and subsequent fire at 1207 230th Street in rural Galdbrook. The Tama County Sheriff’s Department, Green Mountain Fire, Toledo Fire, Gladbrook Ambulance, and Toledo Ambulance also responded to the scene.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the single story house was completely destroyed and on fire. Two people were inside the house at the time of the explosion. One person resided at the residence and one person was a heating and cooling repair person.
An adult male was transported from the scene to the University of Iowa Burn unit. The body of an adult female was recovered from the debris and pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the fatality and injured persons are not being released pending family notifications.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, along with the Gladbrook/Garwin Fire Departments.