Cedar Rapids house fire displaces 6 family members

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By Larry Burkum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A house fire in Cedar Rapids displaced six family members and their three dogs.

Fire department spokesman Greg Buelow says the fire was reported Saturday night when resident Lori Appleby noticed an orange glow in her backyard. She investigated and found flames coming from the roof of her home's attached garage.

Appleby told her daughters, age 18 and 16, to get out of the house and the family alerted authorities. The family's three dogs also escaped.

Firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the garage. They managed to contain the fire to the garage, but the house was damaged by smoke.

Because of the smoke and the disconnection of utilities, the family had to found different housing.

Appleby's husband and two other family members were also displaced.
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