Firefighters working at Hull city offices.

A weekend fire has left the northwest Iowa town of Hull without a city office building. The Hull city office building and an attached shop sustained heavy damage in a fire on Saturday.

The State Fire Marshal’s office has determined an electrical malfunction in a second floor storage area sparked the fire. The shop area sustained fire damage, while the office area received smoke and water damage. City leaders are saying it will be at least six months until they’re able to use the building again.

So in the meantime, they need to decide where to house the city offices. The city does have another building where equipment can be stored, but they’re not sure where to move the offices. For now, they’re in the Hull Public Safety Building.

By Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA, Sheldon

Photo courtesy of the Sioux County Sheriff.