Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines said a fire that badly injured two people Tuesday night caused an estimated $49,000 worth of damage to a residence at 586 Loras Blvd.

Steines wrote in an email to the Telegraph Herald that the fire department would not be releasing the names of the injured occupants due to patient privacy rules related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

The fire remains under investigation as of this morning.

“The basement had a lot of contents, which still need to be processed for the investigation,” Steines said.

Damage from the fire was located mostly in the basement, but smoke damage was reported throughout all of the floors, according to Steines.

Steines said crews spent 2-1/2 hours on the scene Tuesday night.

The fire rekindled around 6 a.m. and firefighters remained on the scene as of 8 a.m.

“We believe a deep-seated, smoldering fire in a mattress was the cause of fire this morning,” Steines said of the rekindled blaze.


Authorities said two people sustained potentially "life-threatening" burn injuries when a fire broke out at a Dubuque residence Tuesday night.

Fire Chief Rick Steines said firefighters were called to 586 Loras Blvd. at about 9 p.m. to investigate a report of a fire. Two victims -- one male, one female -- were located on the scene, Steines said.

Other fire agencies were called in to assist due to a high volume of calls occurring in the city. Steines said Key West ambulances took the two victims to area hospitals for treatment. He said he could not provide identifying information for the victims.

Steines said the fire primarily was located in the basement of the structure. Fire crews remained on scene as of 10 p.m., but the blaze largely was contained within 15 minutes, according to a press release.

The home sustained substantial damage, the release stated.

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