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Fire Chief Urges Safe Cooking During the Holidays
The Valdosta Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2516 Bailey Drive at approximately 8:24 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Fire investigators have determined that unattended cooking was the cause of the fire, which was confirmed by one of the occupants.
Upon arrival, the crew of Engine #2 found a small single family dwelling with smoke coming from the eaves of the structure. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire that was contained to the kitchen area. Search crews confirmed that no one was inside the structure.
No injuries to fire personnel or occupants were reported at this scene. The fire resulted in an estimated $25,000 in damages, displacing a family of four who are being cared for by the American Red Cross.
“Kitchen fires is the number one leading cause of home fires in our city, and it’s a misfortune that can—and should—be prevented,” said Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome.
Chief Broome urges citizens to NEVER leave a stovetop that is on unattended. Some other tips are:
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains— away from your stovetop.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small kitchen fire, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire, then call 9-1-1 from outside the home.
For more information, contact VFD Chief Freddie Broome at (229) 333-1835.