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UPDATE: Cause determined in fire that displaced 12 people

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Four adults and eight children were able to escape after the house caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived at 1545 2nd Avenue SE just after 3 p.m. to see smoke coming out of the two and half story house.

When fire crews arrived there were still two adults inside the house on the first floor. Firefighters were able to get the two people out of the house and then moved to the second floor where the majority of the fire was in a bedroom and in the attic.

Lakeisha McDaniel, 28, is the primary renter at the home. She told firefighters she had started burning wood in the fireplace on the first floor when one of the other adults noticed smoke coming from the second floor bedroom. The other adults in the home were 24 year-old Brittany McDaniel, 26 year-old Claimale McDaniel, and 30 year-old Carmelia McDaniel.

When the adults noticed the smoke, they told the children to leave the house. The eight children ranged in age from 2-9 years-old.

Firefighters have now determined that the fireplace was not functional, only ornamental. There was no ventilation of the chimney to the outside of the house, meaning the smoke was trapped between the sheet rock and the roof sheeting and the fire then spread across the roof.

No one was injured in the fire, but Carmelia  McDaniel fell into a storm sewer drain across the street and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says there's extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to the building.

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