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Investigators looking for cause of fire that left two people homeless


Cedar Rapids fire investigators are looking for the cause of fire that spread from a storage shed to a home.

Firefighters were called to 82 Simpson Street SW at around 4:13 p.m. Thursday.

When they arrived, crews found that the fire had spread from a 10 x 12 shed to the nearby manufactured home.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading into the home, but high winds caused flames to scorch siding on the rear of the home and damaged the back porch.  Firefighters did have to remove part of the roof to make sure the fire hadn't spread into the attic.

Because of the hole in the roof, the damaged door and windows and utilities being shut off, the two people who lived in the home, Alaine Yintst, 73, and Tyler Ford, 18, were displaced and are being helped by the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Yintst and Ford were alerted by neighbors and escaped without injury.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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