Wednesday afternoon, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper discovered a house fire while driving the Governor back to Des Moines from an event in Eddyville. Trooper Greg Steffen and Governor Branstad were driving through Monroe on Hwy 163 around 1:50 pm when Trooper Steffen noticed black smoke coming from east of the highway. Trooper Steffen decided to investigate the situation further, and a short time later, located a house fully engulfed in flames. Emergency crews had not arrived, so Trooper Steffen located the occupant of the home, an elderly woman who had escaped the fire, but had suffered multiple burns, and confirmed there were no other individuals in the home. Captain Mark Logsdon said as a Trooper, their priority is the public safety of all Iowans. He added that Trooper Steffen demonstrated a great example of public service by making sure the Governor was safe, along with a citizen of Iowa.