Fatal Fire

Hancock County Death Investigation
2:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Update: Heart Attack Killed Sheriff’s Father before Fire Started

A fire destroyed Bentzinger Home Supply Store after owner Michael Bentzinger died of a heart attack.
Credit Jason Parrott

Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals said an autopsy shows the father of Sheriff Scott Bentzinger died of a heart attack.

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Fire Started Monday Night
10:22 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Sheriff's Father Dies in Fire in Carthage

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire at Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage Monday evening.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire, Monday night, at the Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage.

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St. Paul, IA
12:05 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Cause of Fatal Fire Undetermined

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of this week’s deadly fire in Saint Paul may never be determined due to the extensive damage.

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Legal Action Required
7:26 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Debris Removal Continues in Hamilton

What remains of two buildings in Hamilton destroyed by a fire last January.

Hamilton could soon get more involved in the clean-up of what remains of two downtown buildings.

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Waiting on Legal System
8:52 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Hamilton Waiting to Clean-Up

Crews respond to the fire in January that took the life of a young child and destroyed several buildings.

Hamilton must continue to play the “waiting game” when it comes to cleaning up what remains of two buildings in the middle of the 900-block of Broadway.

The structures were destroyed by a fire last January.  The deadly blaze also took the life of a young child.

Police Chief Robb Bell says Hamilton is trying to take ownership of one of the buildings from an owner who lives in Oklahoma.

He says Veldon Gray has not responded after being served papers by the city.

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