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CEDAR FALLS – A Cedar Falls family escaped unharmed but lost their home to a fire Monday night.

A family member at 3919 Beaver Ridge Trail noticed the fire shortly after 9 p.m. and evacuated the home, said Jeff Olson, director of public safety for Cedar Falls.

“Everybody is safe, the family is safe,” said Fire Chief John Bostwick.

When firefighters arrived, the fire was burning on the east side of the house and had reached the attic, Bostwick said.

“It spread back and forth across the entire attic,” Bostwick said.

Flames engulfed the entire house, which is an complete loss.

The home is in the Beaver Hills neighborhood, which lacks fire hydrants, so firefighters drew water from a hydrant at West First and Shirley streets about two miles away and trucked it to portable tanks at the scene.

Crews from Janesville, New Hartford, Dike and Stout fire departments helped with the effort, Bostwick said.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. Property records show the home is owned by Darren and Sara Yoder.

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