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Police evidence lost in Cedar Falls fire

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Police evidence kept inside a storage building in Cedar Falls is a complete loss after a fire Sunday morning left extensive damage. 

Cedar Falls firefighters say there is no reason to believe arson was involved.

The department is continuing to investigate, along with the help of the State Fire Marshal. Firefighters used a drone to get a better look at the damage. 

"We use the drone just to get some overhead pictures of the building and the area where the fire may have started," said Interim Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Bostwick and just some of the items in the building."

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson said the items kept inside the building are a complete loss. 

"Items typically for long term storage," said Olson. "It could be some evidence from years ago where the case has been disposed of. Something we don't want to dispose of, and we want to keep it for a while. Until the court case is over."

Along with evidence, bicycles the police department found over the years were also kept inside.

Olson also said the two cars involved in the deadly car accident over the weekend were also apart of the evidence kept in that building.

The building is owned by the city, and is used by both public works and the Police department. The area where the police keep their evidence is a complete loss. 

Cedar Falls Police not only lost long term evidence but all of the department's riot gear. However, Olson says the loss is no major concern to the daily operation on the department. 

"Yeah, there's nothing really that will affect any ongoing investigations all of that is kept at the police department," said Olson. "This is just more long term storage for cases that have been disposed of but we don't want to get rid of the evidence."

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