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Arnold Police officers kicked open a door, allowing a German shepherd to escape a burning apartment on Crosswinds Drive. No people were in the apartment at the time, authorities reported.

At about 1 p.m. April 6, four officers arrived at the apartment building and saw black smoke coming from the southern side. They also saw the dog in a front window, and it appeared to be in distress, the report said.

The door to the apartment was locked, so an officer kicked it open. The dog came out of the apartment, according to the report.

The Rock Community Fire Protection District arrived and put out the fire, limiting the damage to one of the building’s four units, the report said.

A fire investigator said the fire appeared accidental and determined it started in an oven in the apartment, Arnold Police reported.

A 22-year-old Arnold woman who lives in the damaged apartment arrived to collect her dog. She was unable to return to the damaged unit and has found other living arrangements for herself and her pet, Arnold Police Cpl. Brett Ackermann said.

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