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Cedar Rapids firefighters, paramedics rescue two dogs from Oakland Road apartment fire

(File photo) The Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
(File photo) The Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fire crews extinguished an apartment kitchen fire in northeast Cedar Rapids Tuesday, rescuing and reviving two dogs in the process.

Firefighters were called at 3:49 p.m. about a fire at 1500 Oakland Rd. NE and were directed to apartment 617 inside the three-story building, according to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department.

Crews made their way through heavy smoke and quickly extinguished the fire in the unit’s kitchen, according to the release.

Firefighters, police and an Area Ambulance crew placed oxygen masks on two dogs that were inside the apartment, according to the release.

Both dogs were revived and placed “under the care of animal control and their owner,” according to the news release.

The Red Cross is assisting one resident.

Residents in the other apartments were evacuated but almost all were able to return to their units, the release said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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