Fires claimed lives in Cedar Rapids and Keokuk this weekend. Firefighters in Cedar Rapids battled three major fires this weekend, including a house fire on Sunday afternoon that turned fatal.
A woman in her 50s who lived alone in the house died. Her name has not been released. A Cedar Rapids couple and their two sons escaped another house fire on Sunday morning, but the fire killed the family’s dog and two cats. Another fire on Saturday damaged a home on the city’s southeast side.
No one was home at the time. All three fires in Cedar Rapids remain under investigation. A Keokuk woman died Sunday morning from injuries suffered in a fire Saturday night. Eighty-three-year-old Nelda Barbee was pulled out of her burning apartment by neighbors. Ten other apartments in the building had smoke or water damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.