Public Safety

Faulty dryer to blame for C.R. house fire

Homeowners contained damage by shutting laundry room door

Cedar Rapids Firefighters work to control a fire at High Property Management, 1100 Old Marion Road NE, in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Firefighters work to control a fire at High Property Management, 1100 Old Marion Road NE, in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A faulty clothes dryer was the cause of a Friday morning house fire in the 2100 block of Fox Trail Drive NE.

Two adults, a child and a cat were home when the fire started at 7 a.m., according to a media release from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department.

The fire was contained to the laundry room.

Quick action by the homeowners — to shut the laundry room door and evacuate — “significantly reduced the amount of damage to their home,” according to the release.

The rest of the house sustained minor smoke damage, the release said.

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