UPDATE: Investigators say apartment fire intentional - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: Investigators say apartment fire intentional

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Investigators now say an apartment fire was intentionally set.

Firefighters were called to 1441 2nd Avenue SE at 6:14 p.m. Monday evening when one of the occupants of a two-story four-family conversion home could smell smoke inside the residence.  Cindy Hauk, age 55, called 911 to report the fire.  Then, Cindy Hauk and her husband, David, age 55, knocked on the doors of two other occupied units to alert them of the fire.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from a side door on the first floor of the dwelling and found some hot embers above the door frame.  Firefighters contained the fire to the west side exterior of the structure.  In order to check for extension, fire crews had to cut holes in the siding.   The main damage was to the exterior above and around the door.

Cindy and David Hauk were displaced by the fire primarily because of the exterior openings into their dwelling.  The inside of the unit initially had some light smoke within, but did not sustain any damage to contents.  The Hauk's were being assisted by the property owners, Charles and Carol Swore of Cedar Rapids.  Occupants in other two units that safely escaped the fire included Brent Shaffer, age 46, Thomas Hauk, age 52, Betty Martinek, age 36 and James Martinek, age 16.  The other three units, including the vacant unit, did not sustain any damage.

There were no injuries reported.  None of the smoke alarms activated likely because the fire damage was contained to the exterior of the structure and little smoke entered the unit occupied by the Hauk's.

Investigators have not released any other information about a cause or who may have started the fire.

Online Producer: Maria Magner

Powered by Frankly