CEDAR RAPIDS — Firefighters extinguished a structure fire Wednesday morning after a passer-by reported seeing smoke coming from a building in the 1800 block of Blairs Ferry Road NE.
According to the fire department, firefighters responded at about 7 a.m. to 1834 Blairs Ferry Road, the Cedar Rapids Police Department said. The building was home to a beauty salon, as well as a barbershop, but officials said no one was inside when the fire started.
When they arrived, firefighters reported seeing “heavy fire showing” from the front of the two-story commercial structure.
The fire department said “multiple attack lines were used to bring the fire under control,” and “extensive overhaul of burning materials continued for some time after the fire was brought under control.”
The firefighting efforts closed Blairs Ferry Road NE to traffic for about 75 minutes, disrupting the morning commute. The closure would have taken much longer had it not been for the Hiawatha Fire Department dispatching their tanker truck to the scene, the Cedar Rapids department said.
“Their assistance with their tanker allowed us to stop using the hydrant line running across Blairs Ferry Road and opened the road much faster than would have been practical without their assistance,” a news release said.
The fire department said there was significant fire, heat and smoke damage to both levels of the building, but no one was injured. An investigation into what caused the fire is underway.
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