Muscatine house fire victims identified: Woman and her two children

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UPDATE: The Muscatine County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the bodies found in a Muscatine house fire on Monday. 

The victims were Amy L Wentz, 35, and her daughters, Andreah Schroeder, 17, and Lily Wentz, 6.

The autopsies are complete.

EARLIER UPDATE

An investigative team worked from around 7 p.m. Monday until around 4:15 Tuesday morning, but no cause of the deadly fire could be determined after the comprehensive assessment.

“Review of the damage found in the house lead investigators to a certain location called an ‘area of origin.’ The area of origin is the general location where the fire started, and is based on evidence gleaned from the scene,” the Muscatine Fire Department said in a news release. “Unfortunately, the fire [in the 100 block of] Clinton Street had multiple potential sources of ignition in the area of origin and thus no one could be determined to be the cause. Therefore, the cause of this fire is classified as undetermined.”

The investigative team consisted of Muscatine Fire Department personnel, Iowa State Fire Marshal Office personnel and officers and detectives from the Muscatine Police Department. 

EARLIER UPDATE

Three people died in the Muscatine fire on Monday night.

The Muscatine Fire Department said in a news release they “were informed that there was a possible entrapment, which was confirmed once crews arrived on scene.”

When crews arrived, fire was coming from several windows and doors on the north and south sides of the single-family home.

Muscatine Police had found a subject outside a window and brought that person to paramedics, who transported the person to Trinity Muscatine in critical condition.

Fire broke through the front windows facing Clinton Street. Crews found “multiple rooms in a post-flashover state, which occurs when the entire room is on fire.” Firefighters entered the rooms and found three bodies.

There was heavy fire damage throughout the first and second floors, and smoke and water damage throughout the basement. The house will likely be considered a total loss. Present value of the structure is assessed at $57,000, and all contents were lost as well. Total loss is estimated to be more than $80,000.

EARLIER UPDATE

Multiple people are dead after a house fire in Muscatine Monday night.

Muscatine Fire Chief Jerry Ewers tells Local 4 News his crews were called to a home on Clinton Street around 6:18 p.m. 

He says there were “multiple” fatalities, but could not confirm yet how many. 

Ewers also says one adult male was rescued from the home and flown to the University of Iowa Hospital’s burn unit. 

Ewers says he would say the male is in critical condition. 

He says the state fire marshal and police are investigating and remained on scene for several hours.

Muscatine Fire Department posted a picture on their Facebook page along with a message to avoid Hershey Avenue. 

Local 4 News will continue to provide updates on this story. 

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