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story.lead_photo.caption Jefferson City Fire Department truck Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

A small fire started in the kitchen of an apartment Monday evening when the occupant was preparing a meal but quickly went out of control, according to the Jefferson City Fire Department.

Firefighters were called around 5:02 p.m. to a report of a structure on fire in the 2500 block of Southridge Drive. Upon arrival, they discovered smoke coming from the front door of an apartment in the basement level of the apartment building.

The department reported its crews quickly put out the flames that originated in the kitchen. Smoke was removed from three other apartments in the building and an adjoining apartment sustained minor water damage.

The American Red Cross is assisting with temporary housing.  A total of 11 fire suppression personnel and one chief officer responded to the incident. The Jefferson City Police Department and Cole County EMS also responded.

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