An apartment fire in Sherwood Park has forced a number of people from their homes.
 
The fire occurred on Thursday evening (March 16) at Silver Birch Court, a residential complex managed by Heartland Housing.
 
Strathcona County Emergency Services responded to a grease fire in an occupied suite. The building's sprinkler system controlled the fire and kept smoke damage to the unit of origin, but flooded all four floors in the east wing. 55 residents were temporarily evacuated.
 
"We had great support and response from the emergency services folks here in Strathcona County," said Lynn Olenek, executive director of Heartland Housing Foundation. "They even brought two busses to keep everyone warm while we made sure everything was safe."
 
Some residents were able to return to the building that night, 13 remain displaced.
 
"No one was hurt, which is really good news, the rest we'll deal with," stated Olenek.
 
By Friday, restoration services were on site to begin restoring the 69 unit structure so residents can return to their suites.

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