SHERRILL, Iowa — Authorities said this afternoon that a woman was found dead inside a Dubuque County home struck by fire Wednesday night.

Lisa Kloft, 53, was found dead inside the home at 16617 S. Mound Road, according to a Dubuque County Sheriff's Department press release. Capt. Harley Pothoff said Kloft's body was taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, which will determine the cause and manner of her death.


Authorities responded to the home at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a fire was reported. Flames and heavy smoke were spotted coming from the residence at times.

When firefighters extinguished the blaze, they discovered Kloft, authorities said. She lived at the residence with John Oglesby, 52.

Oglesby was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and later flown to University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City for the treatment of his injuries, the release said. Pothoff said Oglesby sustained burns and smoke inhalation and is expected to survive.

Authorities have not been able to question Oglesby yet, Pothoff said this afternoon.

Online property records state the residence is owned by a John J. Oglesby, though Pothoff could not confirm if the house's owner was the man who was injured.

The release said the cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation. The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office is involved in the investigation.


SHERRILL, Iowa — Members of the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating a Wednesday house fire near Sherrill.

However, Sherrill Fire Chief Nick Jaeger said today that he could not comment on whether the fire at 16617 S. Mound Road is considered suspicious. 

Sherrill firefighters were called to that residence at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Jaeger said it took firefighters 30 to 45 minutes to get the fire under control, and they stayed on scene for about five to six hours.

One person was injured in the blaze and taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for treatment, but Jaeger could not provide his identity. Officials with the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department did not immediately respond today to requests for additional information.

The house is considered a total loss. Online property records show it was valued at about $81,000 and owned by John J. Oglesby.


SHERRILL, Iowa — Authorities said one person was taken to an area hospital as a result of a fire Wednesday afternoon in the Sherrill area.

Fire and law enforcement officials were called to 16617 S. Mound Road at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department official. A residence at that address had caught fire, and smoke was visible.

One person was taken from the scene to an area hospital, the sheriff’s department official said. Additional details weren’t immediately available.

Multiple agencies were called to assist the Sherrill Fire Department. Crews still were working at the scene in the evening.

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