Knoxville Fire and Rescue and the Knoxville Police Department responded to a house fire at 1510 East Marion St. in Knoxville shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning. The fire was extinguished in approximately 20 minutes, and the family occupying the home was able to get out safely. Unfortunately a dog in the building perished. No cause of the fire has been established, and an investigation is underway.
The victim in a June 22nd fire in New Sharon has been identified – 61 year old Karen Bunting of New Sharon died in a detached garage in the 100 Block of Elm Street. The cause of the fire, which remained isolated to the garage, remains under investigation, according to the New Sharon Fire Department.
Christian Opportunity Center Executive Director Rod Braun is retiring this week after 31 years of faithful service at the organization. Braun began his career as Executive Director of Christian Opportunity Center in 1987. During his tenure, the organization has grown from a small program in Pella to an organization serving over 250 people with disabilities; providing residential, vocational, and day services over a four-county area. Braun says he’s thankful for the time he spent working on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the people he worked with to support them. An open house to thank Rod for his service will be held this Friday from 11am to 1pm at the Pella COC office.