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Sherwood firefighters extinguish West Kiehl apartment blaze

<p>Sherwood firefighters on Dec. 20 extinguished a blaze that struck a West Kiehl Avenue apartment. No injuries were reported.</p>

Sherwood firefighters on Dec. 20 extinguished a blaze that struck a West Kiehl Avenue apartment. No injuries were reported.

The Sherwood Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The call came in during high winds that were gusting to 40 mph. The fire was at 709 W. Kiehl Ave. No one was home in any of the apartments and there were no injuries.

Witnesses stated to the fire department they heard an explosion and noticed heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the apartment building. Four engines, one aerial truck and a Battalion Chief responded.

On arrival, companies found fire in the rear of the building extending into the kitchen area. The fire was knocked down within five minutes. There was moderate fire damage to the porch and back side of the building and minor fire damage in the kitchen. The rest of the apartment had substantial smoke damage. Two other apartments in the same building also filled with smoke, but those apartments were ventilated by the fire department to remove the smoke and lessen the damage.

The fire was determined to have started in the heater closet on the back of the apartment.

Smoke alarms were going off when firefighters arrived.

Sherwood Fire Department urges residents to check their smoke alarms for correct operation. If you are in the Sherwood Fire District and need a smoke detector, call 501-835-0342 and we will arrange to install on for you.

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