A historic Pella landmark was badly damaged by fire yesterday morning. Franklin Street and West 2nd Street west of downtown Pella were closed for over four hours as crews from Pella Fire, Pella Ambulance, and Pella Police responded to the blaze at 914 Franklin St. just after 9:10 a.m. According to Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkum, the flames started in a shed behind the home. During the fire the roof collapsed, with flames and smoke billowing out of the top of the building for well over three hours. Val Van Kooten, director of the Pella Historical Society and Museums says the house was built in 1849 by Jacob Van Ham, and was one of the first permanent homes built in Pella.
The Wash n’ Dry Laundromat in Knoxville had an unexpected visitor yesterday morning when a vehicle drove into the building. The incident happened at about 9:30am when an elderly woman attempting to park lost control of her vehicle and drove through the windows on the left side of the entrance. One man was inside the building; when paramedics arrived he declined treatment.