Cause Of Fire That Destroyed Historic Area Home Ruled Undetermined

(Photo courtesy of Priscilla Arteaga)
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MCGREGOR (June 17, 2014) The cause of the fire in February that destroyed the historic Brown-Mann House in McGregor has been ruled undetermined, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday.

A report on the fire investigation must be reviewed and approved before it’s released to the public, the Fire Marshal’s Office said.

Firefighters from a half-dozen or more area departments responded after the fire broke out on Feb. 24 in the two-story house near the intersection of West 6th Street and South Jackson Avenue north of McGregor High School.

The historic house, which wasn't occupied, was destroyed.

One home next door was partially damaged.

The Brown-Mann House was built in the late 1890s for Dr. James E. Brown.

John D. Mann, who later owned the house, operated a grocery store with his son, who later expanded to surrounding communities.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

(Photo courtesy of Darrell Wagoner)