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Cedar Rapids Firefighters Still On Scene

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The Cedar Rapids Fire Department remains on the scene of the fire at the Sinclair property, 1600 3rd St SE.  Demolition crews continue to concentrate their wrecking equipment on areas of the interconnected buildings impacted by fire. As demolition progresses, fresh air can reach the seat of the fire and cause rapid fire growth and increased smoke production for a period of time. This condition occurred today at approximately 5:30 p.m. when a large section of the northeast part of the complex was fully involved with fire with flames reaching heights of fifty feet.

Demolition crews withdrew from the structure as the fire increased in size and firefighters began to attack the fire with prepositioned ladders and fire hoses.  At 7:00 p.m. the fire crews were applying more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute to suppress the fire. Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night as portable lighting units have been brought in to illuminate the scene. 

As of 9:00 p.m. the fire crews have significantly impacted the flames on the north side of the building and continue to make progress on the south end of the structure. 

The Fire Department continues to encourage citizens to follow the recommendations of the Linn County Public Health Department concerning the smoke being produced from the fire.  The wind has shifted directions and is blowing smoke in a south to southwest direction from the site.  The wind is expected to be out of the north at 5-10 mph throughout the day on Friday.  The advisory recommends citizens, especially those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, to limit outside exposure. Citizens with additional questions about air quality can contact Linn County Public Health at (319) 892-6000 or monitor updates at www.cleanair.org.

 

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