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Two Injured After Early Morning House Fire in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Two people were injured in an early morning fire at 3107 Bayberry Drive SW that completely destroyed a split-foyer home.  Firefighters were dispatched at 5:38 a.m. after the owner of the home, a 61-year old female, called 911 to advise that there was a fire in the basement.   The woman advised that there was smoke filling the inside of the home and that she had escaped with her one-year old granddaughter.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the east side and front door of the 894 square foot split foyer residence that includes a 400 square foot basement.  Two fire engine crews made entry through the front door.  One fire crew advanced towards the basement where they encountered heavy heat, fire and smoke.  Another crew went to the upper level where they found intense heat and thick smoke.  Firefighters attempted to locate and extinguish fire. 

By 6:04 a.m. flames were visible through the windows on both the front and side of the house, the roof was fully involved, and the flooring was unstable in the structure.  Fire crews were called out of the residence and fought the fire defensively. 

The 61-year old female and one-year old female occupants were transported to Mercy Medical Center by Area Ambulance Service with possible smoke inhalation.  Their condition is unavailable.

There were two adults and two other children, ages 2 and 4, that were not home at the time of the fire.

The family dog was unable to successfully escape the fire and was retrieved by firefighters from the basement.

The home is a complete loss with extensive fire, heat and smoke damage throughout the entire dwelling.  In addition, at least half of the roof has been consumed by fire.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

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