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Structure Fire at 3740 E Ave NW - Cedar Rapids

CRFD was dispatched on a 1st alarm to this residence for the report of a structure fire.  Upon arrival of first due crews, reported seeing fire from the back of the structure and began their interior attack on the fire.  Crews reported all occupants and pets were out of the structure from the beginning.  Crews encountered heavy fire inside the front door as the exterior companies reported fire through the roof.  The fire was brought under control with two attack lines.  The house suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor arm injury.  No other injuries reported.

CRPD Investigates Possible Assault

Officers were dispatched to a person down in the area of 2nd Ave and 11th St SW at 5:06pm on 07/23.  Initially Officers believed this was an accident involving a pedestrian due to witness account.  Officers later learned this was an assault.

The Police Department is still investigating this incident.

Fire at Lumber Yard - Cedar Rapids

CRFD was dispatched for a fire alarm activation with water flow to the Lumber Yard adult entertainment club at 2:30pm, 07/23.  After the 1st engine arrived they noted water coming from the door and smoke in the structure so the alarm was upgraded to a 1st alarm structure fire assignment.

Once crews made entry they encountered heavy smoke and noted that the sprinkler system was activated and flowing. A fire was found in the center of the structure and quickly extinguished. No one was in the business at the time of the fire. The alarm system and sprinkler system worked as they were designed and helped save the structure. The sprinkler system kept the fire under control until fire fighters could make entry and extinguish what was left.

Construction Zone Safety Concerns and Reminders

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – With a number of construction improvements underway throughout the community, the City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind the public of important safety tips and regulations on construction zone safety.  The City is appreciative of the public’s patience as permanent roadway improvements continue.   

The most important factor with any construction project is the safety of motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and construction staff.  In the past several weeks, there have been a number of “near-misses” with construction workers nearly struck by vehicles in construction zones, primarily due to speeding, distracted driving, and disregard of traffic control devices and signage.  In addition to public safety, infrastructure damage can result when motorists disobey road closure signs and move orange traffic cones, resulting in additional project cost and delays. The City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind the public of the following safety tips and regulations regarding construction zones:

Ø  Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

  • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road, especially in construction zones.
  • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead and be prepared to stop.
  • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily and anticipate delays.

Ø  Be Aware of Construction Signage and Meanings

  • “Construction Ahead” signs indicate that a motorist or bicyclist is entering a construction work zone. Be mindful of signage, lane closures, and construction workers. 
  • “Road Closed” signs indicate that the road is completely closed to all traffic. It is prohibited for both motorists and bicyclists to enter any portion of the roadway. 
  • “Road Closed to Thru Traffic” indicates the road is closed for traffic traveling through the site; only property owners who live directly on the project site should access the road – all other motorists are prohibited from using the street. Construction engineering staff works directly with property owners to access their driveway or property legally and safely.  Failure to obey a traffic control device, or moving a traffic control device such a road closed sign, is both illegal and dangerous. 
  • Construction often requires closure of sidewalks.  Be alert for signs that indicate “Sidewalk Closed” which means that the area is off-limits for bicycles and pedestrians.

Ø  Don't tailgate

  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance.

Ø  Plan ahead

Ø  Obey the Posted Speed Limit

  • Construction workers may be present just feet away from where traffic is moving through a construction zone.
  • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations, such as speeding, through construction zones.
  • Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need.

Ø  Change Lanes Safely

  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit.

Property owners with questions or concerns on a project are encouraged to contact the City’s Construction Engineering Division: 319-286-5802

The public can read the entire Paving for Progress 10-year campaign and sign up for project e-mails and text alerts on the City’s website:

The Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement projects in construction zones over the next several weeks.

Lane Reductions on Edgewood Road SW - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Edgewood Road SW is currently one lane each direction between 1st Avenue and 12th Avenue SW for a water main break and sidewalk ramp repairs. The northbound lane restriction will be restored following the water main repairs, approximately two days weather permitting. The southbound lane restriction will remain as sidewalk repairs continue.   

Traffic Control for the Rip Roar Kids Triathlon

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Rip Roar Events will be holding a Kids Triathlon, this Saturday, July 22, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The following streets will be closed for the event:

Stoney Point Rd NW from 1st Ave W to Worchester Rd NW, including the intersection of Stoney Point Rd NW and E Ave NW from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (times include set up and tear down)

Please see the Rip Roar Events website for additional information: