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Crews battle Cedar Rapids house fire on southeast side

Published: May. 14, 2021 at 2:45 PM CDT|Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 2:52 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cedar Rapids Fire Department has released more details about the fire that crews battled on Friday afternoon.

At 2:13 P.M., crews were called a duplex at 2235 Mt. Vernon Rd SE for a report of fire coming from the front of the house. When they arrived, they discovered fire coming from the first and second floors of the duplex.

All of the building’s occupants escaped before fire crews arrived. No injuries have been reported.

The building’s occupants have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Officials say the building’s smoke alarms were working.

The fire remains under investigation.

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Crews battled a house fire on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids on Friday afternoon.

KCRG-TV9′s Beth Malicki was on the scene of the fire, near 23rd Street SE and Mount Vernon Road.

Crews battled a house fire on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 14, 2021.
Crews battled a house fire on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 14, 2021.(KCRG-TV9/Beth Malicki)

A resident at the home that spoke to TV9 said the building is a side-by-side duplex that houses two families and that everyone inside the duplex made it out safely.

The resident said they did not believe they would be able to return to the building after the fire.

Authorities have closed both sides of Mount Vernon Road near the fire. A detour is currently in place.

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