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Cedar Rapids Apartment fire leads to drug investigation

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An early morning apartment complex fire in Cedar Rapids leads to a drug investigation.

Cedar Rapids fire crews got the call around 3:30 to an apartment complex in the 2400 block of 11th Avenue SE.

Gloves, police tape and bagged items were outside the apartment complex Sunday afternoon, more than seven hours after the fire broke out.

"Been watching the whole chaos the whole morning with them testing things. They had gas masks on," said Mike who lives nearby.

KWWL had a crew at the scene and saw investigators carrying plastic containers and bagged items, while others searched a car.

"Quiet over there, and I never smelled anything," said Mike.

Cedar Rapids police did confirm to us that meth-making materials were found inside Apt. D in the complex, where the fire started.

They say no one was inside the unit when they arrived, but police did see someone running from the complex.

That person has not yet been located although police do believe the individual is involved.

"Meth lab or something is very hard to believe because it's really quite over there," said Mike. "No running in and out into the night, you know the usual things that go on with drug activity.

People living near the apartment complex told said they heard a loud sound, possibly an explosion.

However, authorities have not confirmed that and the exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

No injuries were reported.

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