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Fire sprinkler extinguishes Ashland kitchen fire

 Posted: 11:50 AM February 26, 2014

Firefighters responded to a kitchen fire in an Ashland apartment complex Tuesday, but a working sprinkler system had already extinguished the flames by the time crews arrived.

Ashland Fire & Rescue responded to the Snowberry Brook Apartments, in the 2000 block of Villard Street, at 1 p.m. Tuesday for a reported sprinkler activation due to a fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found the fire, which had started near a small kitchen appliance, had been controlled, fire officials said.

Ashland Fire Chief John Karns said the appliance, thought to be a blender, was plugged in and had melted, likely due to an electrical short.

After the plastic melted, flames began to spread on the counter. The sprinklers activated it and extinguished the flames by the time they reached the walls.

Karns said the fire is not suspicious and is a prime example of why sprinkler systems are important.

"This was an eight-unit residential facility. We could have had a fire that damaged all eight units," Karns said. "It's exactly why we're trying to promote residential sprinklers."

The fire's official cause remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

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