Resident escapes blaze at Cedar Rapids home

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 36-year-old man has safely escaped a fire that damaged his home in Cedar Rapids.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says Matthew Wagner called 911 to report the fire around 5:50 p.m. Thursday.

Wagner told firefighters that he was in the back bedroom when he smelled smoke. He went to the front of the house and saw smoke near the front door. He opened it and found his front porch in flames.

Firefighters soon arrived and put out the blaze and rescued a pet rabbit from the basement.

The fire cause is being investigated.

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