No Damage Sustained After Fire Alarm

August 17th, 2023

8/22/2023 Update:

Brucemore will reopen for tours on Wednesday, August 23. We have been cleared to safely allow visitors inside the mansion. While we are working to complete the cleaning process, there is still a slight smoke odor in the mansion at this time. Visitors who are sensitive to smells or in an air quality at-risk population should take this into consideration when planning their visit. Any visitors who would like to reschedule their previously purchased tour tickets may contact us at 319-362-7375.

Original Post:

Cedar Rapids Fire Department received a call from the Brucemore security system on the afternoon of August 17. First responders promptly arrived on the scene and detected smoke in the attic. The source was quickly extinguished. The cause is under investigation, but early inspection of the mansion detected no fire damage. All staff are safe and no injuries were sustained.

Tours have been canceled for August 18, 19, and 20 to give our staff time to vent and clean the mansion. Performances of Theatre Cedar Rapids’ A Little Night Music will continue as scheduled.

We are proud of the swift response by CRFD, our contractors, and staff during this event. We appreciate the support shown by our community and look forward to reopening the mansion to the public soon.