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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Emergency crews battled a house fire in southwest Cedar Rapids on Wednesday afternoon, which caused major damage to the structure.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from the windows of a single-family home at 812 9th Avenue SW at 3:24 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find thick, black smoke coming from the house. Multiple firefighters entered the structure, and discovered fires burning on the first floor and in the basement. Officials observed holes in the floor on the first floor, possibly related to the fire. No working smoke detectors were active in the house.

No other changes to the camera program or locations are proposed at this point, according to police. Speed cameras are located at where I-380 crosses Diagonal Drive SW and J Avenue NE in the northbound lanes; and First Avenue W and J Avenue NE in the southbound lanes. Three other camera locations, which include speed and red light functions, are located at the intersections of First Avenue E and 10th Street, Williams Boulevard and 16th Avenue SW, and First Avenue W and L Street. Aside from the speed detection on the westbound cameras of First and 10th, which were also turned off in connection with the Iowa DOT lawsuit, the intersection cameras have remained on throughout.

Crews were able to put out the fire, and conducted a sweep of the home looking for occupants. None appeared to be home at the time of the fire, and nobody was injured.

• 5.9 percent of the 2 million vehicles that passed under I-380 cameras at Diagonal Drive were traveling 67 mph or faster in July and August, when cameras weren’t issuing tickets, up from .22 percent in a 2016 sample period when the cameras were ticketing, according to Iowa DOT data. Speeding 56 to 66 mph increased from 43.7 percent in 2016 to 71.3 percent in 2018, and those obeying the speed limit decreased from 47.5 to 22.8 percent. In the 2016 sample, a speed could not be recorded for 8.6 percent of vehicles passing the cameras, which could impact those findings and the extent of the increases.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — Fire crews responded to a building on 9th AVE Wednesday evening for a report of a fire from the third floor.

Cedar Rapids police provided data for periods with and without cameras for crashes at the four I-380 locations for January 2014 to October and speed data for the four I-380 locations for May 2 to Oct. 2 in 2016 and 2017 and for the locations at Diagonal Drive SW northbound and J Avenue NE southbound for July 15, 2017, to Aug. 31. While the interstate cameras stopped issuing tickets April 25, 2017, they kept collecting data. At some point, the cameras were turned off entirely, but the cameras at Diagonal Drive and J Avenue southbound were turned back on again to collect data.

According to Cedar Rapids Public Information Officer Greg Buelow, significant flames were showing upon emergency crews arrival.

“Almost all of the drivers knew where the cameras were, so as police officers have told me, people who know where the cameras are slow down at the cameras and speed up just past the cameras,” Gent said. “Providing this information is like measuring the speeds at a location today and then tomorrow going out there and putting a police car at that location and measuring speeds. Obviously speeds will go down with a police car.”


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