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Fire does major damage to historic Malvern, Iowa building; award-winning grocery store engulfed in flames

Mulholland Grocery was ablaze, other businesses were threatened in tiny town
Malvern Fire
Posted at 7:44 PM, Dec 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-14 12:47:10-05

UPDATE 6:00 a.m. 12/14/2021

Firefighters are still monitoring the scene where a large fire broke out in Malvern on Monday evening.

The question now is what the status is of a few of the other buildings in the area.

Crews from roughly a dozen agencies have helped at the scene and continue to water down hot spots from the fire.

The city is under a boil order until further notice, according to their Facebook page.

Tom Mulholland, the owner of Mulholland Grocery which was damaged in the fire, said the following on Facebook Tuesday morning:

"With the efforts of the Malvern Fire Department and those from over a dozen other communities doing everything possible to contain the fire last night, the water supply for the community was exhausted and it has caused a boil order for the community. I apologize for the inconvenience it will cause for hundreds of people. I have reached out to people at my warehouse and they are working on getting a water delivery to the community as soon as they can. I wish I could do more to help."

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3 News Now reporter Zach Williamson was there Tuesday morning and has more below.

Huge fire engulfs historic grocery store

UPDATE 10:00 p.m. 12/13/2021

Fire crews are still working to put out a massive fire in Malvern that started about 6:30 p.m. on Monday. 3 News Now reporter, Jon Kipper and photographer, Clay Kush are on the scene.

John Kipper Live in Malvern

The emergency manager says the fire started in the back of the Mulholland Grocery building, spread upstairs and into the basement. The roof also collapsed.

No injuries have been reported. Roughly a dozen fire departments from different towns and counties responded to the emergency. It's unclear how much damage neighboring businesses have incurred, but authorities say the structures have double brick walls so some may be relatively safe. The block of businesses includes a bakery, a bar and Kohll's Pharmacy.

Grocery store owner, Tom Mulholland wasn't ready to speak on camera but said he's more worried about neighboring businesses at this point.

Watch Jon Kipper's Facebook Live update on the KMTV Facebook page or below:

On Monday night, black smoke was pouring from a historic, Main Street building in Malvern, Iowa. The town of slightly more than 1,000 people is located in Omaha metro area, in eastern Mills County.

Fire crews can be seen fighting the blaze that appears to be coming from Mulholland Grocery. There is a Kohll's Pharmacy located on the same block along with several other businesses.

According to Malvern native and media producer, Kent Hertz, the town has also lost power.

Malvern Fire
Main Street fire in Malvern, Iowa.

Just before 9 p.m. Hertz sent KMTV images from the local cafe where residents are working together, by flashlights, to make food for the first responders.

Classic Cafe Malvern Iowa
Residents of Malvern, Iowa make sandwiches to feed first responders. The power is out as a fire engulfs a downtown building and they are working by flashlight.
Malvern fire emergency
Malvern residents work to feed first responders

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