CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A Cedar Rapids woman was taken to the hospital after her house caught fire Wednesday afternoon.
Cedar Rapids fire crews were called to 2042 Linn Boulevard SE and found heavy smoke coming from three sides of a two story home at 1:33 p.m. The fire consumed much of the first floor prior to their arrival. The fire was contained to the first floor, but the home suffered heavy smoke damage to the second floor and basement.
Cedar Rapids Fire Department officials say the owner of the home was in the front yard when the fire started. She heard the smoke detector activate and went inside to investigate. She found smoke and fire inside, and attempted to rescue her dog. She was driven out of the home by smoke and high heat conditions. The dog was able to escape.
The owner of the home was transported to the hospital ambulance. No information on her condition is available at this time.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department reminds residents that seconds count in a fire. They say once a fire is discovered, occupants should immediately go out doors, and call 911.