A blaze caused some fire damage and heavy smoke damage to a three-apartment house at 18 Fourth Street S.E. before firefighters were able to put it out.
There was one person in the apartment house at the time of the fire but that person was able to get out in time, Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper said.
The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department received a call at about 9:26 a.m. Friday.
"When we arrived there was heavy smoke from the rear, the south side of the house, and flames were visible from a rear window," Schipper said. "We mounted an interior attack and knocked the fire down pretty quickly."
The house apparently contains three apartments, one on the main floor and two upstairs, the fire-rescue chief said.
The main floor apartment sustained heavy fire damage in the kitchen and living room area, and all of the apartments sustained heavy smoke damage, Schipper added.
"There was smoke through the entire structure," he said.
As of about 10:45 a.m. today (Friday) the fire crew was still dealing with some hot spots in the house and ventilating the smoke, Schipper said.
Despite the cold temperatures, all the fire-rescue equipment functioned correctly, the fire-rescue chief said.
The Le Mars Ambulance and Merrill Fire-Rescue Department also responded to the scene.
By 10:45 a.m., both were released, Schipper said.