House fire displaces Cedar Rapids family

No one was injured in the Sunday night blaze

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids family was displaced by a fire that struck Sunday night while they were away.

Tim Meggers said he and his family went Sunday night to visit his brother in Hiawatha. About an hour and a half later, they got a call their house was on fire.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department was called to 282 34th Street Dr. SE — the home of Tim, his wife, Carrie, and their two daughters — at 6:38 p.m. Sunday when a neighbor reported seeing smoke. By the time crews arrived, smoke was filling the house and flames were visible through the windows at the back of the house.

Firefighters entered and encountered fires on the first and second floors. Crews were forced to open up the roof to allow smoke, heat and gases to escape.

Meggers said by the time they got to the home shortly after receiving the call, the fire was mostly extinguished.

“Man, all of the firefighters were working pretty hard,” he said. “The had the fire mostly out when I got here.”

Meggers said the damage to the interior of the home — mostly in the kitchen, upstairs bedroom and his daughters’ room — was worse than he was expecting.

“It was just pretty bad,” he said.

But no one was injured by the fire and Meggers said fire crews were able to get the family’s pets out of the home. Meggers said the family will not be able to live there for now.

“We’ll probably stay with family for a little bit, then hopefully find a place to rent around here,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll fix the house up and be back in a few months.”

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said the official cause of the fire was undetermined, but investigators believe it was related to a faulty switch for a ventilation fan in the kitchen.

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