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Fire strikes west Little Rock apartment complex

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published February 17, 2014 at 1:18 p.m. Updated February 17, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

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Fire crews battle a blaze at Chapel Ridge Apartments, 24800 Chenal Parkway, in Little Rock on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

Fire destroys WLR apartment building

No one was injured but a large apartment building was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon in west Little Rock. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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24800 Chenal Parkway

Fire crews battle a blaze at Chapel Ridge Apartments, 24800 Chenal Parkway, in Little Rock on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a three-story apartment building Monday afternoon in west Little Rock.

Crews were called shortly after noon to Chapel Ridge Apartments at 24800 Chenal Parkway, where a fire spread from one unit to the rest of the 12-unit structure. Flames were through the roof when the first crews arrived.

Little Rock Fire Department Capt. Randy Hickmon said the fire "totally destroyed" the one building and caused some minor heat damage to one beside it.

Investigators were on scene later Monday afternoon as crews put out hot spots, but Hickmon said the cause is believed to be a resident who was cooking on the stove.

The flames spread quickly in part because of windy conditions at the scene.

Sharon Joyner-Clarke, 51, said she escaped the fire and then watched it consume the building's roof as firefighters got to the scene. She said was thankful to survive, even though the blaze leaves her without a home and will "devastate" her three young grandchildren who live with her.

"Everybody got out alive," she said. "Everything else can be replaced ... A life can't."

Hickmon said about 10 fire units were on the scene, and because of this and several other fire runs in the city, the Little Rock department had to call in mutual aid from Bryant and North Little Rock to staff Little Rock stations. Hickmon said the last time that happened was a fire last year at Forest Place Apartments.

"We've had an extremely busy day," he said, noting it is concerning when other agencies have to come in because they aren't as familiar with Little Rock, department procedures and water supply locations. "We've been spread pretty thin all morning."

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RonAllen says... February 17, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.

Glad no one was killed or injured, but sorry for the loss of the homes.

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Moonglowalso says... February 17, 2014 at 6:55 p.m.

This is so sad. Probably was a grease fire on the stove that started it. A recent Dr. Oz show (and now available on his web site -- do a search for "kitchen fires") tells how to deal with this and other types of kitchen emergencies.

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