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NAME RELEASED: Man, dog die in Cedar Rapids fire


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A Monday morning fire in Cedar Rapids claimed the life of a 35-year old man and a dog.

Fire crews were called to 901 Oakland Road NE after a passerby noticed the fire just before 7:00 Monday morning.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the second floor eaves and flames coming from a second floor window.

When crews entered apartment B from an outside stairwell, they found Rodney Lee Noye laying on the floor, about three feet from the door.

Noye was taken to St. Luke's hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire, which they found in the kitchen.

Noye was the only person home at the time of the fire.

Greg Buelow, with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, says a dog also died in the fire.

According to Buelow, crews were not able to find any working smoke detectors in the building.

The building, owned by Roger Wetly and Royce McCray, had business space on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.

The first floor, which was vacant at the time of the fire, once housed a grocery store, but was most recently a bike shop.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Buelow says if Noye died as a result of the fire, it would be the first residential fire death in Cedar Rapids since January 25, 2009.

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