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BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Fire crews spent several hours battling an apartment fire in Bettendorf.

Firefighters were called to 1824 Sutton Place in Bettendorf around 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. The six-unit apartment building is located near Harris Pizza.

When firefighters arrived, flames were burning through the roof of the two-story building. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control, and almost two hours to extinguish it.

Crews remained on scene overnight to monitor hot spots.

All of the apartment building's residents were able to get out safely, but a firefighter sustained minor injuries while fighting the fire.

Dona Tafa lives in the building with her family. She said she went back in to grab some personal items, but the smoke quickly made it hard to breathe.

"Everything kinda went black when I saw all the smoke inside. I just ran out, and I got out in time, because it was coming in really fast. The fire was strong and dangerous, so I ran out," said Tafa.

All of the apartment's residents have been displaced, and the Red Cross is helping them find accommodations.

Officials said the building suffered "extensive damage," but did not have an estimates Sunday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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