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Woman escapes, cats rescued from Cedar Rapids fire


A woman escaped and firefighters rescued two cats from a Cedar Rapids manufactured home fire early Thursday morning.

Firefighters were called to 216 Norma Street SW at 2:00 a.m. Thursday for a manufactured home on fire.

When crews arrived, they found flames coming from the west side of the home and a woman who lived in the home standing outside.

Wendy Benson told firefighters that she was folding laundry in a back bedroom when the power went out.  As she moved toward the middle of the home, she said she could smell smoke and then saw flames outside the home.  She said she tried to find two cats that were inside, but couldn't because of the smoke.

Greg Buelow, Public Information Officer for the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, says firefighters entered the home and found flames near the laundry room and next to the kitchen.  They say there was also damage to a deck on the outside of the home.

The two cats were found in a front bedroom and given to Benson. Buelow says both cats likely had some smoke inhalation and will require veterinary care.

The owner of the home, 26-year-old Alan Manning, was not home at the time of the fire. Both Benson and Manning are being helped by the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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