Separate blazes that broke out less than seven hours apart have kept firefighters busy in the Cedar Valley.

The most-recent fire heavily damaged a large home and destroyed a garage in Cedar Falls earlier today (Monday, Oct. 12, 2015). Investigators are trying to determine what started the fire at 421 Seerley Blvd. around 4 a.m.

When they arrived, firefighters found the attached garage fully engulfed. The flames eventually spread to the upper level of the two-story home, causing extensive damage, Cedar Falls Fire Rescue officials said.

The occupants escaped the home safely and no injuries were reported. Two pets also escaped the fire unharmed.

In Waterloo, the city's fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged an apartment building in the 200 block of Baltimore St. around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Officials with Waterloo Fire Rescue believe the fire started in a laundry room waste basket on the second floor, but they are trying to determine what sparked it. They said damage was limited to the laundry room, however the entire floor received smoke damage.

A woman jumped from a second-story window and fire crews rescued a man from the burning building. The woman limped away after landing on a satellite dish and later was taken by private vehicle to a hospital to be treated.