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Sun porch catches fire, spreads to home


A Cedar Rapids man has been displaced from his home after his sun porch caught fire Wednesday morning and spread to the house.

Firefighters were called to 120 23rd Street Drive SE at around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday after several neighbors reported the sun porch being on fire.

When crews arrived, they saw 30 foot flames coming from the back of the home.  They say they ran into heavy smoke and flames when they entered the home.

Firefighters say the fire spread from the porch to the living room and a second floor bedroom.

The owner of the home, 25-year old Brett Messenger, says he was awakened by the sounds of the fire and was able to escape without injury.

The home's garage is located below the sun porch, but firefighters say the garage, along with the car and other contents inside, were spared.

Messenger is being helped by the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

1st Avenue East, between 24th Street and Thompson Drive SE, was closed for 90 minutes so fire crews could run a hose from the fire hydrant on the north side of 1st Avenue near St. Matthew's School.

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