Fire burns building in southwest Cedar Rapids

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 2:19 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A mixed-use building on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids was engulfed in flames on Thursday afternoon.

The fire started at about 1:50 p.m. on the upper floor of a building at 3330 Southgate Court SW, located near 33rd Avenue SW, according to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Firefighters were initially unable to enter the building to fight the flames due to wind conditions, instead using ladders and ground-based hoses to knock down the fire. This allowed firefighters to eventually enter the building to continue to work to extinguish the fire.

Nobody was hurt in the incident. Damage was widespread to all areas of the building due to smoke, flame, and water.

Officials said that they believe the origin of the fire was a cigarette butt container on the southwest side of the building that caught fire and spread to the building at large.

A large plume of smoke was visible from a distance due to the fire.

The fire was extinguished, with firefighters remaining on scene to ensure no additional flare-ups.

The building is a mixed-use building, containing offices, commercial space, and a church.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.