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Man arrested after being rescued from burning building

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A man is rescued from a burning building in the area only to be arrested immediately after escaping a fire. 

Fire crews responded to flames in the 900 block of Commercial Street in Waterloo.

Police say the building is abandoned, but sometimes they find people inside.

Friday morning was no exception, as they rescued the man from a second story window, while putting out the fire in the 110-year-old building.

Chad Bruce, 44,  was arrested for trespassing at the scene, he is out of custody.

People who live in the area say the city has recently boarded up the front entrances of the abandoned apartment complex.

One person says that doesn't stop people from going in the back door.

Fire fighters found a victim on the second floor of the abandoned building.

"They did, they did save someone that was homeless," said Jacob Clark, Waterloo. "It could easily be used for obviously squatters, which in this case it was, I mean it is unfortunate this person doesn't have a place to live, but on the other hand what could you do about it?"

The fire happened just after three in Friday morning. People who live near by say they smelled the smoke.

"I walked around my house to make sure it wasn't my house on fire," said Clark. "It seemed kind of late for someone to be burning leaves and I didn't think much more of it, 20 minutes after that I heard some sirens."

Businesses in the area say they have recently seen activity at the vacant apartment building. One employee says people just walk by, wave to him and walk inside.

Those businesses have called the police, but they say the people keep coming back.

"What do you do? You police the building obviously, try to keep them out of these buildings, but if the city continues to leave these buildings around it's gonna happen," said Clark.

Businesses keep an eye on the building and say if they see people inside they call police.

Officers want to remind you that going inside is trespassing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 

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