Fire contained at Rock Valley senior living center; building almost a total loss

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UPDATED 11:27 a.m. ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (KELO) — The fire at the RiverView Ridge Senior Living Center has been contained by fire crews, officials tell KELOLAND News.

The fire started around 6:45 a.m., according to people who live near the center. Fire officials say the fire affected 3/4ths of the building but there were no people inside and no injuries. Some people had moved items into the building and some of those were affected by the fire. Crews from four counties helped contain the fire.

Officials also said a sprinkler system was hooked up inside the building but not completely installed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes had a Facebook Live update around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. You can see that video below.

Stay with KELOLAND News online and on-air for more coverage.

10:20 a.m.

A Tuesday morning fire damaged a brand new senior living facility in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Crews have been battling a fire at RiverView Ridge Living Center. The building did not have tenants but was scheduled to open in the coming weeks.

A post on the RiverView Ridge Living Center Facebook page said “Such a beautiful building. So sad. We’ll have to start over. I hope everyone has a God given patience.” 

Construction for the RiverView Ridge Senior Living Center started in Spring 2018. The home was taking applications for tenants and was set to open in a few weeks. 

The project started because of senior housing study conducted by the community showed a lack of senior living options. 

KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes is in Rock Valley Tuesday and will have coverage throughout the day online and on-air.

7:45 a.m.

Emergency crews are responding to a large fire at a new Assisted Living Center in Rock Valley, Iowa on Tuesday morning. 

Multiple viewers have sent KELOLAND News photos of firefighters battling the blaze at a new Assisted Living Center in Rock Valley. The center was supposed to open later in July. 

This is a developing story. Stay with KELOLAND News online and on-air for more coverage.

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