Fire

Karen and Todd Watters console their son, Ethan, as they stand and watch the house they own burn Tuesday afternoon. Karen and Ethan were displaced from their home after a suspected electrical fire ravaged the 18-year-old structure on Delmar’s east side.

A Tuesday afternoon fire in Delmar destroyed a home on Market Street. No one was injured in the blaze.

Delmar firefighters were dispatched to 804 Market St. around 2 p.m. for a structure fire. When crews arrived, flames and heavy smoke was observed in the eaves of the home owned by Todd and Karen Watters. While there, firefighters began a defensive attack to stabilize the scene. 

Mutual aid was supplied by crews from Charlotte and Goose Lake. 

“We also called Maquoketa to use their aerial truck,” said Delmar Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Schneden. 

Crews were on scene until 6 p.m.

 “It’s pretty much totaled,” Schneden said. “They weren’t home at the time.” 

Schneden said the cause of the fire was undetermined as of Wednesday afternoon, but “we’re thinking it was maybe electrical.” 

According to the Beacon Schneider online real estate database, the home was built in 2000. Karen and her 11-year-old-son, Ethan, lived in the home. 

Watters said she was at work when she was notified of the blaze, but soon arrived on scene. 

“The fire kept flaring for hours,” Karen Watters said. “At this time we are all good as we have a good support system behind us.”

A GoFundMe page, “Karen Jacobson Watters House Fire,” was set up to help the family.

Alexa Merrick, organizer of the GoFundMe effort and longtime friend, said the family needs common household items like silverware, furniture and beds. 

The family also needs clothing including women’s size 16 pants, XL shirts and size nine shoes and boy’s 10/12 (large) shirts and size 5/6 shoes. 

Donations can be dropped off at the Maquoketa Kwik Star at 102 David St. near Wal Mart. Monetary donations can be left at the same location in a sealed envelope or on the GoFundMe page. Merrick asked donors to write their names on donated items. 

“Ethan also loves sharks,” Merrick said.

The family will move into an apartment until their house is rebuilt.