Public Safety

No injuries, family cat saved, after Cedar Rapids porch fire spread

(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)

Some neighborly assistance with fire extinguishers and the arrival of Cedar Rapids firefighters helped limit the damage originating from a mobile home porch fire Saturday, as firefighters knocked down the flames and ventured in to save the family cat.

According to an incident report from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, firefighters were called at 3:36 p.m. Saturday to a single family residential mobile home at 44 Leisure Boulevard NE.

In the initial dispatch, firefighters were informed that there was fire showing under residence’s porch.

As firefighters arrived, according to the report, the first crews on the scene found that an exterior fire had extended from the porch up the side of the house, to the roof, and through the front door. The occupants who were in the residence when the fire broke out were all reported by the homeowner to be out safely by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly after they arrived, according to the report. In addition, firefighters were able to save the family cat from the residence with the cat suffering no injuries.

Two adults and one child were displaced from the residence and were assisted by the Red Cross. The damage to the residence is described by the report as “minor fire damage with smoke damage throughout.”

The fire remains under investigation.

The fire department noted in its report that it wanted to thank “those citizens of Cedar Rapids who attempted to use some fire extinguishers at first to attempt to stop the fire.” Although the effort to contain the fire with contain the fire with the extinguishers ultimately failed, the fire department noted that having extinguishers on hand can help in beating down small fires in “a manner that helps you escape and get away from a fire.”

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The Cedar Rapids Fire Department was assited on the scene by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Area Ambulance, according to the release.

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