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Cedar Falls apartment fire injures man, forces evacuation of scores of disabled persons

CEDAR FALLS - A Cedar Falls apartment fire injured a man and forced the evacuation of scores of disabled persons, authorities say.

CEDAR FALLS – A Cedar Falls apartment fire injured a man and forced the evacuation of scores of disabled persons, authorities say.

On October 21, 2022, at 3:07 p.m., the Black Hawk County Dispatch Center received a fire alarm from an apartment building at 3112 Boulder Drive in Cedar Falls. Firefighters arrived to find light smoke in the hallways and an apartment with heavy black smoke and flames on the 3rd floor.

Firefighters rescued an unresponsive male from the apartment and performed life-saving measures on scene. The male was transported to a local hospital by Mercy One Paramedics.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and checked on residents in all of the apartments in the building.

The apartment complex sustained smoke, fire, and water damage. The apartment complex contains 80 individual apartments – many of the residents are physically disabled and needed assistance in exiting the building.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the building owner and maintenance staff with housing options.

Cedar Falls Public Safety was assisted by the Black Hawk County Emergency Management Agency, The Red Cross, and Mercy One Paramedics. The condition of the male rescued from the building is unknown at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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