Residents of Meservey spent most of Sunday without power or water after a fire damaged utility wires and destroyed two buildings.

The town’s water tower was drained as firefighters battled the fire early Sunday morning.

Then officials could not refill the water tower because there was no electricity. Meservey residents were asked not to use any water for most of Sunday. Power and water service was restored by Sunday afternoon at around 3 o’clock.

The two buildings were located in the 400 block of First Street were vacant and used to house a hardware store and cafe. The cause of the fire was still being investigated Sunday.

By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City