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Sprinkler system puts out Cedar Rapids apartment fire

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says a sprinkler system put out a fire at an apartment building that started on a deck.

Crews were called to the Rock Ridge Apartments, located at 2121 Rockford Road SW, at about 8:39 p.m. Monday for a report of a third floor deck that was on fire.

Danielle Symonds, 21, reported the fire saying that flames were going up the siding of the apartment near the doors that lead to the deck.

When crews arrived, they found that an outside sprinkler had put out the fire and contained the fire damage to the deck.

Investigators say the fire started in a plastic planter that was used for cigarettes.  They say the planter got knocked over and the fire spread from the planter onto the siding of the apartment.

21 people, along with Symonds, her 14-month old daughter and two other children escaped the building without injury.

Two apartments below did suffer some water damage.

The apartment complex is owned by Barry Smith of Cedar Rapids.

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