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Explosive fire destroys shop next door to Oak Heights School

Fire destroyed a 5th Avenue residential shop next door to Oak Heights Elementary Friday afternoon, April 10.

Sweet Home firefighters responded to a report of the fire at 465 5th Ave. at 4:10 p.m. and found a 30-foot by 40-foot shop fully involved. Nearby trees also were burning.

The fire threatened the nearby school, said Battalion Chief Shannon Pettner. One occupant at Oak Heights escaped unharmed as smoke and fire, driven by the wind, blew toward the school.

Neighbor Joan Riemer said her husband Elmer was pressure washing the driveway when he heard a noise and saw "lots of gray and bl...

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