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Update: Fire finally out at International Paper in Cedar Rapids

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UPDATE: A fire is finally out, after burning for nearly two days at International Paper in Cedar Rapids.

Workers say there was a bale of recycled cardboard on fire inside an approximately 500 feet by 400 feet and 40 feet tall warehouse Saturday morning.  

When firefighters went inside the warehouse, they found the fire had spread to other bales at different heights and locations throughout the building. 

Many of the bales contained fires that were deeply seated which required that the bales be removed from the warehouse with skid loaders, excavators, and forklifts.  The bales needed to be disassembled and have the cardboard extinguished.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  


According to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, a firefighter experienced minor injuries while responding to a fire at International Paper Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called to 4600 C Street SW around 8 a.m. to a large active fire in the paper milling factory.

Six engines were brought in to douse the flames, and assistance from Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Marion, Ely, Hiawatha, and Swisher Fire Departments, as well as Area Ambulance were brought in to help.

Firefighters will continue to work through the night to contain the fire. 

The warehouse of paper and cardboard is expected to burn. Crews on scene will continue working to move product from the building, but authorities are saying the fire is under control and there is not threat to the rest of the plant of community.

The firefighter treated following the fire, has been released from the hospital.


Cedar Rapids firefighters are investigating an early morning fire at International Paper Company.

Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a fire started in the warehouse area of Cedar River Mill.

Team members were evacuated and no one was injured.

More than 4 hour later, Cedar Rapids Firefighters are still on scene as the cause remains under investigation. Smoke is still coming from the building. 

Please stay with KWWL as this story develops.

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