Sunday, December 16, 2018/ Kitchen Fire/ AFD Response Details

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 9:02 a.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a possible structure fire located in the #300 Block of Midtown Gate SW.

Fire crews arrived at the scene of a small, two-story, four-unit townhouse complex. The initial call to 9-1-1 was made by a resident in an adjacent townhouse that reported smelling smoke and hearing an activated smoke alarm.

When fire crews arrived, they quickly determined where the alarm was located and forced entry into an unoccupied residence. Once inside, firefighters found moderate smoke evident throughout the main and second levels.

Two dogs found in the home at the time of the fire were safely removed unharmed.

Firefighters made their way into the kitchen area where they found combustible material burning on a stovetop which had inadvertently been left on. The fire was quickly extinguished and the smoldering material moved outside. Smoke was then ventilated from the home and air quality monitoring was completed to determine carbon monoxide levels.

After investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be combustibles placed on a stovetop which had accidently been turned on. Damage estimates to structure and contents have been placed at $10,000.

There were no injuries to report and four pieces of apparatus and nine firefighters were on scene.

The Airdrie Fire Department reminds the public that kitchen fires remain one of the leading causes of fires in the home. It is important to be attentive and safe while cooking and to never leave a stove or oven unattended when in use. When leaving the home ensure all cooking appliances have been turned off.

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Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext. 7612


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