Public Safety

Cedar Rapids apartment fire was intentionally set by resident, officials say

Firefighters stand outside the Hawthorne Hills Apartments, 2255 C St. SW, on Thursday morning after rescuing people from the 16-unit complex. The fire was reported at 8:30 a.m., and officials said the fire was intentionally set, with an arrest expected. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Firefighters stand outside the Hawthorne Hills Apartments, 2255 C St. SW, on Thursday morning after rescuing people from the 16-unit complex. The fire was reported at 8:30 a.m., and officials said the fire was intentionally set, with an arrest expected. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A fire intentionally set at an apartment complex in southwest Cedar Rapids sent four adults — one with life-threatening injuries — to the hospital Thursday, officials said.

Police were not releasing the name of the resident at Hawthorne Hills Apartments, 2255 C St. SW, who was being questioned. The investigation continues, and an arrest is likely, said Greg Buelow, the city’s public safety spokesman.

Firefighters were called at 8:30 a.m. and found people trapped on the second floor of the two-story, 16-unit complex, Buelow said.

They searched for residents — battling fire and heavy smoke — and used ladders to reach the second floor, he said.

One man with life-threatening injuries was carried out, and three other adults, two men and one woman, were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Three others were treated at the scene but didn’t require hospital care.

One firefighter was injured, but the injury was not life-threatening, Buelow said.

Hiawatha firefighters assisted the Cedar Rapids department at the three-alarm fire, and The Salvation Army helped displaced residents.

The building suffered major fire, smoke and water damage.

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