The Newton Fire Department and Newton Police Department responded to a structure fire at 710 E 10th St S on Sunday, July 16, 2023. The fire resulted in one fatality, which authorities could not identify.
The body was transported to the Iowa Department of Public Safety – Division of Criminal Investigation and identified by the State Medical Examiner’s Office as Julianne Chapman, age 51. No other information is available at this time.
The fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact the Newton Fire Department at (641) 792-3347 or Newton Police Department at (641) 791-0850.
Update August 31, 2023
Autopsy results from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner indicate the cause of death to be smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is undetermined.