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Two people escape Cedar Rapids house fire

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Two Cedar Rapids residents escaped an early morning fire that investigators blame on discarded coals from a recreational fire.

Crews were called to the home of Bret and Maria Paulsen at 1018 Tiara Drive NE at around 4:18 Monday morning.

According to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, the couple woke up to the smell of smoke and found their garage on fire.

When firefighters arrived, they found that the fire had burned through the roof of the garage and made it's way into the attic of the two-story home.

Crews spent about four hours on scene fighting the fire.

The Paulsen home had heavy fire damage throughout the attic and garage, with smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the structure.

The house next door at 1012 Tiara Drive NE, owned by Steve and Amy Koffman, had heat damage to the siding on their garage.

Investigators say the fire was caused by coals from a recreational fire being discarded into a Yardy Cart stored in the garage.

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