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UPDATE: Child playing with lighter starts CR house fire

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says a child playing with a lighter started a weekend fire that killed three pets and left one family homeless.

The fire started around 2 a.m. Sunday morning at the Schmidt home on Elder Lane Northwest.

A department news release says the fire started in a child's bedroom.  By the time crews arrived, the fire had spread to the first floor and into the attic. Part of the first floor did collapse.  

Charles Schmidt, 35 and Jacqueline Schmidt, 41, and their 10-year old and 12-year old boys were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury.  The family's two cats and a Jack Russell terrier died in the fire. 

Fire officials at the scen said the smoke alarms were not functioning.

Online Producer: JJ Murray

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