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Smoke alarms save seven lives in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is crediting working smoke alarms for saving the lives of seven people on the southeast side Friday afternoon.

Crews were called to 1545 Bever Avenue SE just before 3:00 Friday afternoon after one resident heard the smoke alarms and saw smoke coming from a first-floor bedroom.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke in the porch area of the two-story home.  Once inside, crews found that a fire had started in a bedroom closet.  They pulled smoldering clothes out of the house. 

Five adults, a 3-month old baby and a five-year old child were able to get out of the house safely.

An exact cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Fire Department wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month. If the battery is weak in a smoke alarm, the alarm is designed to "chirp" intermittently to alert occupants that the battery is worn out and needs replaced. To prevent false alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year.

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