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Abandoned Cedar Rapids lumber yard catches fire

The cause of the fire is still under investigation

An early morning fire at 919 6th Street SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa, destroys an abandoned lumber yard on Sunday, June 24, 2012. With the severity of the fire, fire fighters used a defensive technique to keep the surrounding homes and buildings safe, and keep the building on fire under control. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)
An early morning fire at 919 6th Street SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa, destroys an abandoned lumber yard on Sunday, June 24, 2012. With the severity of the fire, fire fighters used a defensive technique to keep the surrounding homes and buildings safe, and keep the building on fire under control. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)

A fire in an abandoned Cedar Rapids lumber yard caused significant damage before firefighters were able to control the blaze.

The fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, and it took firefighters more than an hour to control the fire a few blocks west of Interstate-380 in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Officials say some of the streets around the former lumber yard will remain closed through Sunday morning, so heavy equipment can be used to clear debris from the fire.

Several lumber yard buildings on the north side of the facility were consumed in the fire, and at least five garages near the lumber yard were damaged.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department was assisted by the Area Ambulance Service, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Cedar Rapids Streets Department.[mqMap key="lUiv" width="485" height="310" src="http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&c=lUiv&maptype=map&zm=12&cr=41.97634099999999,-91.673759&projection=sm&showScale=false"]My New Map[/mqMap]

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