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Iconic Cedar Rapids automobile signal at Rick’s Auto Sales catches fireplace yet again

The Labor Working day hearth was not the 1st time the automobile indication has observed smoke and flames

Iconic Cedar Rapids auto sign at Rick’s Auto Sales catches fire again

Ricks Vehicle Profits indication hearth from 1998

CEDAR RAPIDS — An legendary car or truck sign in Cedar Rapids caught hearth on Labor Day.

The neon-lit car or truck marketing Rick’s Car Gross sales in northeast Cedar Rapids started smoking and inevitably was in flames Monday night.

Small business owner Rick Porazil, 67, stated a kid who was passing by observed smoke coming from the car or truck and rang the business’ doorbell digicam. Porazil identified as 911.

“From the time the child rang the bell to when the hearth section confirmed up, it was 5 minutes,” Porazil explained to The Gazette. “That kept it from going fully up in flames.”

It was reported at 7:47 p.m. that the automobile ton signal had smoke coming from the entrance correct wheel effectively of the automobile, which sits atop a 30-foot pole, in accordance to Greg Buelow, Cedar Rapids general public security communications coordinator.

“Firefighters shut electric power off to the sign and extinguished the flames from the ground making use of a hose line,” Buelow said.

Buelow claimed the induce of the fireplace even now is undetermined. Porazil reported he thinks a transformer or even a bird brought about the fireplace.

The auto product sales store, 1945 42nd St. NE, has been in company in since 1975.

Porazil stated he has not experienced anybody come and look at the indication nonetheless, but he estimates the damage is all around $10,000.

This isn’t the to start with time the indication went up in smoke. Porazil said Monday evening was “kind of deja vu.”

The indicator caught fireplace in summertime 1998 because of to defective wiring, Porazil explained. He ended up getting the corporation that did the first wiring to courtroom and received due to video clip evidence.

Porazil explained he will inquire Nesper Indicator Advertising, which put in the second and present car or truck following the first fire, to search at the problems.

“They did the neon this time and they will evaluate if it requires to come down,” he reported. “The whole front-stop fiberglass is burnt, but we have to see how terrible the neon tubes are and how scorching the glass was.”

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