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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Blaze in Apartment Building

Edina, Minn., April 13, 2018 – The Edina Fire Department responded to an apartment in the 3100 block of Heritage Drive at 8:48 a.m. Thursday, April 12, and quickly extinguished a kitchen fire before it spread to other units.

A tenant in the three-story building heard what sounded like a smoke alarm in a unit below hers and went into the hallway to investigate. She could see and smell light smoke, so she pulled the fire alarm switch in the hallway and called 911.

No one was home in the apartment where the smoke and smoke detector alarm was coming from. Firefighters found a small fire burning the stovetop area and kitchen cabinets and ceiling above.

“We were able to knock it down very quickly,” Fire Marshal Rick Hammerschmidt said. No one was injured

The fire appears to have started when one of the electric heating elements of the kitchen stovetop was either left on or accidentally turned on and ignited a nearby combustible item, Hammerschmidt said. Damage was estimated at $25,000 to $35,000. It was limited to the apartment where the fire originated, light smoke damage in the building hallways and minor water damage to the unit below, he said.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries.

Hammerschmidt credited the upstairs resident for her alertness in investigating the alarm sound and her quick thinking in pulling the fire alarm and calling 911. That helped firefighters reach the fire before it could spread.

Mutual aid was received from the Richfield, Bloomington and St. Louis Park fire departments.

For more information about the Edina Fire Department, visit EdinaMN.gov/Fire or call 952-826-0330.

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