Tuesday, March 25 kitchen fire - AFD response details

March 26, 2014 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Tuesday, March 25 at 4:39 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire located at #478 Sagewood Drive SW.

On arrival, smoke was showing from the lower level of the 2 story residence. Fire crews quickly discovered that a fire had occurred in the kitchen of the residence. A lone, male occupant, home at the time of the incident, had made his way safely outside prior to the arrival of the AFD. He was initially assessed and treated for minor smoke inhalation by firefighters. His care was later transferred to AHS paramedics.

Once firefighters entered the home they determined that an unattended pot of oil on the stove had boiled dry causing heat and smoke to fill the kitchen area. With no working fire to extinguish, crews set to the task of ventilating the home and monitoring air quality. As a precaution the immediate area around the stove, including the ceiling and overhead cabinets, were checked to determine any possible fire extension.

The AFD Fire Investigator has determined the cause of the fire as a pot left unattended on stove, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage to the structure and contents.

Kitchen fires remain one of the leading causes of fires in the home and the Airdrie Fire Department reminds the public of the importance of being attentive and safe while cooking. Never leave the stove or oven unattended when in use.

There were 4 AFD apparatus and 12 firefighters on scene.

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