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Four teens escape Cedar Rapids town home fire


Four Cedar Rapids teens escaped a town home fire Thursday night after grease caught fire on a stove.

Cedar Rapids firefighters were called to 2134 North Towne Court NE, apartment #4, at 10:44 p.m. Thursday.

When crews arrived, they could see smoke coming through the open front door.  When they made their way inside, flames were coming from a pan on the stove.

Greg Buelow, Public Information Officer, says a teenager cooking with grease on the stove, left the kitchen for a short time and returned to find flames coming from the pan.  Buelow says the teen unsuccessfully tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Kay Ross, 19, and three other teens ranging in age from 14 to 16-years-old escaped the townhouse at that point.

Fire damage was contained to the stove and some nearby cabinets.

Buelow says the preferred way to extinguish a grease fire is to place a lid on the pan and turn off the stove.

Buelow says it appears the smoke alarms in the town home were not working because of missing batteries.

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