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Quick news: Fire burns storage building in Clearfield

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 11:10 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT

CLEARFIELD — Creston firefighters responded to a structure fire about 5:40 a.m. today in Clearfield.

Gary Thompson, Creston fire captain, said the structure damaged was a brick building on main street (Broadway) in Clearfield — located directly south of the Clearfield Lions Club. Thompson said the fire burned completely through the front half of the brick building.

“It was a storage building that was completely full with items from front to back,” Thompson said.

Clearfield, Diagonal, Lenox and Creston fire departments responded to the fire this morning. Neither the cause of the fire nor a damage estimate have been determined yet.

Creston News Advertiser will have more details on this fire when they become available.

Propane prices

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Severe cold conditions that have gripped the Northeast and Midwest have pushed propane gas prices up as the supply has been significantly reduced. Propane is commonly used as a fuel for central heating, engines, barbecue grills and portable stoves.

A gallon of propane costs nearly $5 per gallon.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to review the conditions that have led to propane cost spikes in Iowa.

“The recent propane supply shortage and price increases are causing hardship for the many rural Iowa families that use propane to heat their homes,” Grassley said. “I’m asking the agency that oversees business practices to look at the propane situation and see whether the price increases are legitimate or manipulated in any way to consumers’ detriment.”

In the meantime, Grassley encouraged anyone who may be eligible for federal heating assistance to contact the Iowa Bureau of Energy Assistance for more information.

The last time there was a large sudden swing in prices like this was the winter of 1989, when temperatures fell below zero for days around Christmas time that year.

Catholic Schools Week

St. Malachy School will be recognizing Catholic Schools Week starting Sunday. Events are scheduled through Friday, some of which include a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) brunch Monday at the parish hall, bowling and sack lunch day in Des Moines on Thursday and mass/grandparents day on Friday.

Additionally, an 11-page special section will be published Monday in the Creston News Advertiser that will provide more information regarding Catholic Schools Week.

The tab includes photos, a full schedule of events and stories written by students and staff at St. Malachy.

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