Apartment building evacuated following fire at Cedar Rapids complex

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- A fire prompted the evacuation of a Cedar Rapids apartment building, Saturday afternoon.

Authorities headed to 430 Jacolyn Drive Southwest, a 16-unit structure owned by Shamrock Capital Investments, just before 5:00 p.m. after a report that a bed had caught fire in unit five.

"Upon arrival Engine Eight found a multi-unit residential structure with thick black smoke showing," said Battalion Chief Jason Andrews in a news release. "Crews simultaneously attacked the fire and evacuated all of the adjacent apartments."

Once firefighters entered the burning unit they found a mattress and contents of the bedroom had caught flame. Andrews said crews were able to knock down the fire before it could spread to other apartments.

"The structure was ventilated," Andrews said. "Gas and electric utilities were able to be isolated to the apartment of origin leaving the remained of the units in the structure inhabitable."

Damage was limited to the unit where the flames originated. Andrews described it as moderate flame and water damage in the bedroom and smoke damage throughout the rest of the apartment.

No one was injured.