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Fast blaze sparks quick action


Penny Merryfield

Kimball Volunteer Fire fighters battle a car fire at Kwik Stop in Kimball. The sole occupant of the car was pulled to safety before the flames entered the cabin of the vehicle.

A trip to downtown Kimball to run a few errands turned into a potential nightmare and a daring rescue for 92-year-old Helen Kuhlman of Kimball.

On Friday, Jan. 22, Kuhlman left her Park Terrace apartment for some personal errands and decided first to stop at the Kwik Stop to get gas in her 1993 Buick LeSabre. But, according to Kuhlman, her vehicle came to a stop just short of the gas pumps, made a loud "pop" noise and started fire.

She explained that a man then came to her vehicle and started hollering for her to "get out!" and "unlock it!" Another man, Garrett Pruett, 18, approached on the...

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