Tucson firefighters respond to house fire
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson firefighters responded to a house fire Monday in southeast Tucson.
Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department tells KGUN9 that crews were sent to the 5000 block of south Cherry Avenue, near Irvington Road and Campbell Avenue, at 1:30 p.m. Monday after a kitchen caught fire.
Once on scene, firefighters could see smoke coming from the home, according to Baker.
Crews quickly got to work bringing a hose into the home to extinguish the flames. Firefighters also cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the home.
During the investigation into the cause of the fire, crews learned that the fire started after the homeowner walked away from a pan of oil that was warm on the stove.
The fire destroyed the kitchen and rendered the home uninhabitable, but no one was injured in the fire.
Baker wishes to remind everyone that cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries.
He recommends never walking away from the stove while food, especially oil or grease, which are highly flammable, are cooking. It is also smart to install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of a fire.