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NEW DETAILS: Funeral Arrangements Set For Colleen Paradine

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Funeral services have been set for 53-year old Colleen Paradine, the Casey's Store employee, who died in a fire at the La Porte City store Wednesday morning.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 4-7 PM, at the American Lutheran Church, at 801 Monroe Street, in La Porte City.

The funeral will also be held at the American Lutheran Church, Monday at 10:00 AM. There will be visitation Monday morning, one hour before the funeral services.

The employee was trapped in the store when the fire started and she was on the phone with rescue crews until they could get her out.

The call came in to the La Porte City fire department at 3:52 a.m. A police officer was the first to arrive at the Casey's General Store at 402 Highway 218 North at 3:53 a.m.

Firefighters were able to rescue 53-year-old Colleen Paradine from the building. She was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo where she died from her injuries.

Deb Jungling and her husband own the Pronto Convenience store just down the road. She says she was shocked to hear the news.

"If you don't know Colleen personally, everybody knew who she was and it's just going to be hard for us to accept the fact that something like this could happen," Deb Jungling said.

Paradine came in early to work this morning, but Jungling says that isn't unusual for workers at convenience stores.

"Our workers are here early getting the store ready and usually we have customers who will stop in before we open. People who get what they need and get on their way," Jungling said.

"Obviously it's a horrible tragedy anytime something like this occurs, for any company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family," Bill Walljasper, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer for Casey's said.

Family and friends stopped by the Casey's location throughout the day after hearing about the fire. They described Colleen Paradine as always smiling and happy.

The State Fire Marshall, Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, and La Porte City Police Department are investigating the fire.

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