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Dubuque Authorities Continue To Investigate Fire

The Dubuque fire marshal says eight people were living in a home where a fire broke out late Tuesday night. The home was actually being used as sort of a homeless shelter. Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says the fire started at around 9 o’clock at 586 Loras Blvd. 21 year old Meagan Arthofer and 32 year old Randy Grutz were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it originated in the basement. Tom Johnson and his son Ben are renting the three-bedroom home. Johnson confirmed to our coverage partners at KCRG TV that he and his son opened the home to people in need. Their work is done under the non-profit Anawim Catholic Worker. They call it a “house of hospitality.” There were six guests in addition to Tom and his son living in the home. But only Arthofer and Grutz were in the house when the fire started. Burkle says it can be dangerous to have that many people living in a small house. The Dubuque police department is also investigating the fire. Burkle says right now he doesn’t have any reason to believe there was illegal activity, such as a drug lab involved in causing the fire.

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