CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The State Fire Marshal is investigating after a fire damaged a home in Cedar Falls.
The fire happened Thursday evening at 2216 Victory Drive.
John Bostwick, Cedar Falls Fire Chief, said when firefighters and public safety officers arrived, they found a locked idling car with two cats, pet medications and food inside. Firefighters and PSOs had to force their way into the locked home where they found Melissa Jensen, 42, unconscious and 20 feet from the front door.
Chief Bostwick notes that there were a total of 21 public safety officers and 10 firefighters at the scene.
Jensen was taken to Sartori Hospital after she was removed from the home by two PSOs and a firefighter.
Bostwick said police records show there have been more than a dozen calls for service to the home in recent years.
The cause of the fire has not been determined but there is significant damage to the basement.
UPDATE: Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Bostwick said Sunday that Melissa Jensen, 42, has died.
Chief Bostwick said he was notified Sunday by the Johnson County Medical Examiner that Jensen was pronounced dead at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, February 16.
An autopsy is being conducted by the Johnson County Medical Examiner. Chief Bostwick said those results may take several months to be released.