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Investigation continues in Casey's fatal fire

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LA PORTE CITY (KWWL) -

The investigation still continues into the Casey's convenience store fire that killed an employee in July.

In August, the Occupational and Safety Health Bureau of the Iowa Division of Labor Services proposed a $4,500 fine in the La Porte City fire, citing that the store had inadequate alarm systems to warn employees of fires or other dangers. 

Casey's fought the citation, and in September, the Employment Appeal Board dismissed the citation and the fine. After further investigation, the Iowa Division of Labor says a commercial building the size of the convenience store is not required to have an alarm system of that type.

The Division of Labor says the case is now in the hands of their attorney for redacting.

Colleen Paradine, 53, of La Porte City, was working alone in the back of the store in the early morning hours of July 6, when the fire broke out.  She died in the fire. According to official reports, Paradine didn't know there was a fire in the store until it was too late.

The store has been torn down, but Bill Walljasper with Casey's says they plan to rebuild a store in La Porte City.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the fire was not intentionally set. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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