UPDATE: Fire officials say electrical line to garage not cause of house fire

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids fire investigators said an electrical utility line connecting to the garage did not cause a house fire Sunday at 512 12th Street SE.

Fire department spokesman Greg Buelow said the fire started inside the detached garage, but investigators have not yet determined an exact cause.

Buelow said witnesses told the fire department juveniles were using fireworks before the fire started.

Cedar Rapids firefighters are on the scene of a house fire.

Flames started sometime before 4:30 at 512 12th Street SE.

When crews arrived, the flames were so intense firefighters had to act defensively.

At last check, around 6:00, fire crews had been able to make progress. Officials told TV9 they were monitoring what remained of the property for any hot spots.

Fire officials believed the home is a total loss.

Homeowner Curtis Benton told TV9 the fire began outside. He said there was a loud pop noise before something fell from a utility pole and landed on his garage, which caught fire.

Benton said he and a friend tried to use a hose to douse the fire.

"Once I got out there, the blaze was so hot I couldn't put it out," he said. "I asked them to call 911."

The family inside of the house was able to make it out safely. The American Red Cross will be on hand to assist.


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