AFD response - April 15 kitchen fire
April 15, 2014 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Tuesday, April 15 at 12:03 a.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a kitchen fire located at 24 Woodside Road NW.
Fire crews arrived at the scene of a small, single story home with a resident waiting outside. They were told that a fire had occurred earlier in the evening in a frying pan that had been left unattended on the stove. Three residents in the home at the time of the incident were alerted of the fire by the home’s functioning smoke alarms. When the fire was detected two of the residents quickly extinguished the blaze, shut down the stove’s burner and opened windows and doors to support ventilation. The fire department was then contacted through the 911 emergency system.
The heat from the fire caused damage to the stove, surrounding kitchen cabinets and stove hood fan. Firefighters thoroughly checked adjacent walls and ceiling with their Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) to ensure that the fire had not extended. The air quality was also measured to determine if the area was safe. No notable contamination was found and residents were able to remain in the home.
The AFD Fire Investigator has determined the cause of the fire as a frying pan left unattended on stove. Damage estimates to structure and contents have been placed at $5,000.
There were three pieces of AFD apparatus and six firefighters on scene.
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.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel