Apartment fire in downtown Boone leaves one man dead, approximately 24 residents displaced

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

A man has died and two dozen people have been evacuated from their homes following an apartment fire in downtown Boone on Sunday.

The Boone Fire Department arrived at 814 Eighth St. shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Flames were coming from a fifth-floor apartment on the south side of the six-story building.

Upon entering that residence, which is believed to be where the fire originated, firefighters found 66-year-old Steven Michael Crise. Crise was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ames Fire Department provides aid to the Boone Fire Department for an apartment fire in Boone on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

Approximately 24 people were displaced by the fire, along with several pets, according to the news release.

The Boone Fire Department was assisted by the Ogden, Ames, Stratford and Gilbert fire departments.

The fire is being investigated by the Boone Fire Department, Boone police and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Some displaced residents are staying in the Super 8 motel with aid from the Salvation Army, social services director Sharon Karpin said. People interested in donating should consider dropping off gift cards to the nearby Walmart, Pizza Ranch, Subway and Burger King at the Salvation Army's offices, located at 503 Benton St.

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Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.