August 23, 2016 Kitchen Fire - AFD Response Details
August 24, 2016 For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10:29 AM the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a possible structure fire located on the #100 Block of Reunion Green NW.
Once on scene, crews determined that a small fire had occurred on the stovetop in the kitchen of the home. A mother and two children, home at the time of the fire, had safely evacuated to the street. A neighbour, hearing of the incident, entered the residence with a portable fire extinguisher and quickly extinguished the small blaze before it could escalate.
Firefighters thoroughly checked adjacent walls and cabinets with a thermal imaging camera (TIC) to ensure that the fire had not extended. Natural ventilation was initiated by opening doors and windows. The air quality was also monitored for carbon monoxide before the residents were permitted to return.
After investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be combustibles placed on a stove which was accidently turned on.
Damage estimates are undetermined at this time.
Four apparatus and twelve firefighters were on scene.
The AFD would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that kitchen fires remain one of the leading causes of fires in the home and to please be attentive and safe while cooking. Never leave the stove or oven unattended when in use and never leave combustible materials on your stovetop.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel