Fire Guts Four Buildings in Downtown Vinton

VINTON, Iowa (AP) – A fire has gutted four downtown buildings in Vinton.

The Des Moines Register reports that the fire started Thursday night in the Michael and Dowd furniture store and spread to Clingman Pharmacy, Fischer Law Firm and the Benton County Title Company. The fire burned through much of the night, with firefighters battling the blaze while temperatures hovered in the teens and heavy snow fell.

No injuries had been reported by Friday morning.

Vinton’s volunteer fire department received help from the fire departments of several surrounding communities.