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Man alerts sleeping neighbor of garage fire

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A Cedar Falls man is thanking his neighbor, after a close call with a fire Sunday evening. Ronald Fliss was sleeping when his neighbor ran inside to save him from a garage fire. 

Fliss and his roommate were inside the home on Spruce Hills Drive when their garage caught fire. 

"What a hell of a thing to wake up to," said Fliss. 

Fliss' neighbor across the street, Chad Kaeppel, was driving home with his son when they noticed something wasn't quite right.

"Smoke is barreling out of the house, I run over and yell in the home to get everybody out of the house," said Kaeppel. 

Both Fliss and his roommate made it out with no injuries.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the garage in less than an hour. Cedar Falls firefighters are still investigating the exact cause of the fire. 

Fliss says he's still in shock, because his bedroom is right on the other side of the garage.

"Chad hollering at me, you got a fire get the hell out Ron," said Fliss. 

Fire crews sorted through the charred furniture, trying to determine what exactly sparked the fire. Fliss believes his tool bench, which had equipment plugged in-may have been the culprit.

Although there's no indication whether it was an electrical fire, firefighters say overloaded outlets with too many appliances can sometimes spark these fires.

Fliss says he's just counting his blessings. 

"Yeah I was very lucky," said Fliss. "God is on my side is all I can say."

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