The Cedar Rapids Fire Department battled a fire under challenging conditions at Dental Prosthetic Services that started early Saturday afternoon.
According to a media release from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, at 1:08 p.m. the department received a call of heavy smoke and fire coming out of the rear of Dental Prosthetic Services at 1900 51st St NE.
As they arrived, firefighters encountered obstacles in the form of fire, smoke and heat as they began subduing the fire. As a successful knockdown was accomplished, firefighters determined that the origin of the fire contained compressed oxygen and denatured alcohol, according to the release. After this was area contained, the multiple units on scene worked to put out the remaining fires.
The fire required 24 CRFD personnel and 9 department units with the help another unit from the Hiawatha Fire Department. The Hiawatha Fire Department also provided another unit to staff a CRFD station as Cedar Rapids firefighters remained on scene.
The building received heavy damage in the fire, according to the release, and smoke damage was present throughout the structure.
Also assisting on the scene was the Salvation Army, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and Area Ambulance service. The fire remains under investigation.