CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — According to Cedar Rapids police, an early morning fire at an apartment complex on Blairs Ferry Road on Wednesday was intentionally set.
The fire started at about 2:16 a.m. at 2131 Blairs Ferry Road.
Investigators said ignitable liquid was poured in the stairwell between the first and second floors of the apartment complex.
No suspect has been identified yet and a fire investigator is working on leads.
Seven apartments were impacted by the fire and nine people were displaced, police said.
Three were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
One witness who spoke to CBS2/FOX28 said he heard several smoke alarms, looked out the window and saw a man running away from the building.
"A guy walked past my window with a gasoline container and he looked at me and he's like 'uh oh' cause I saw him and he took off down the road," said Tyler Gamble, who lives in one of the units in the building.
Gamble said he and his girlfriend were able to escape from the building through a window.
Officers said two people were rescued from the third floor and two more people jumped from an upper floor.
The American Red Cross is helping several people who were impacted by the fire.