Fire destroys FD house

-Messenger photo by Jane Curtis Fire destroyed a house at 1817 Fourth Ave. S. early Saturday evening. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said neighbors described the property as abandoned. They said that there had been squatters using the property from time to time. According the Webster Count assessor’s online records, the property is listed as being owned by Jerry and Cheryl Lawton. Hergenreter said authorities were uncertain if there was anyone in the house when it burned. The investigation is continuing.