Waukon Boil Water Advisory lifted following building fire

Fire in Waukon
Fire in Waukon(Cloie Reed)
Published: Feb. 13, 2022 at 9:13 PM CST
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WAUKON, Iowa (KCRG) - The Boil Advisory for Waukon has been lifted.

The advisory was put in place Monday due to low pressure caused by a fire that started at a business on Sunday night.

Firefighters worked for hours to put the fire out. Waukon City Manager Gary Boden said it took a million gallons of water to extinguish the fire. The city typically uses about 1/3 of a million gallons a day.

The fire happened at a building at 9 Allamakee Street Northwest. It had a business on the first floor and apartments on the upper floor.

Authorities told KCRG that everyone escaped from the building. The fire chief said three nearby businesses have been destroyed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The city recommends residents flush the plumbing at homes and businesses by running all cold water faucets for at least 5 minutes each. Replace all disposable filters that have come in contact with contaminated water, and replace ice from ice makers. Additionally, residents should flush appliances connected to water lines, like refrigerators and dishwashers.

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