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Wood stove blamed for fire that destroyed two buildings


A wood stove is being blamed for a fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged another on Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids firefighters were called to 1668 13th Street NW at around 5:09 p.m. Tuesday.  On scene, they found two buildings engulfed in flames.

They say Duane McLean, 76, was borrowing a ladder from a neighbor when they saw smoke coming from a storage building.  The fire spread to a one-stall wooden garage that was built in 1890.  McLean was able to get a 1965 John Deere tractor from the garage before the fire spread to it.

Crews were able to keep the fires from spreading to a nearby home, but a two-car garage was damaged by the heat from the flames.

Investigators say the fire was caused by a wood-burning stove in the storage building.  They say 4 m.p.h. winds helped to fire to spread quickly to the other building.

No injuries were reported.

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