CR Firefighters Battle Blaze at Dental Prosthetics

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Cedar Rapids firefighters spent Saturday afternoon on the scene of a large fire.

The fire started around one p.m. at Dental Prosthetic Services, located at 1900 51st Street NE in Cedar Rapids.

Crews broke through windows to help ventilate a lot of the smoke that was escaping through the roof.

Some employees were notified about the fire, while others just happened to drive by and see the waves of smoke.

Capt. Joel Miles with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department said once crews saw the fire, they needed all the help they could get.

"The amount of fire that was there required us to make a second alarm and also call for Hiawatha to assist," Capt. Miles said. "We have nine stations at the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and almost every available unit was here."

Captain Miles told us crews fought hazardous conditions- while people gathered and looked on from a distance.

Those with the company say the damage is hard to look at, but now they'll get ready to rebuild.

"We have to get in there first and see what the damage is," Dental Prosthetic Services President Kristine Van Cleve said. "It looks like there's fairly significant damage in the back end, but we just have to get in there and find out what's going on. And then we'll go ahead and get us back on our feet and get operation again as soon as possible."

Van Cleve said she was called about the fire- other employees found out by chance.

"We were driving by on Collins Rd. and my daughter works here and she was showing me the building," said Teresa Ransom, who was driving with her daughter Bianca Strong.

"I saw a bit of smoke coming out of the roof and I didn't know what was going on," Strong said. "So pulled into Theisen's to check it out and saw everybody else was here too."

Van Cleve said she believes nobody was inside the building at the time, and fire officials say no one was hurt. Fire officials also said they do not know what caused the fire, and an investigation is currently ongoing.