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Auburn, Washington – Oven Fire Causes Damage to Duplex

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Posted on April 2, 2019

Auburn, Washington (March 21, 2019) – A small fire in a duplex in South Auburn caused minimal damage to the property on March 21, 2019. Firefighters from the Valley Region Fire Authority extinguished the fire around 9 a.m. that Thursday. The homeowner had accidentally left flammable too close to one of the burners on the stove top, which caused the fire. Aside from the aforementioned minimal damage to the home, no other injuries were reported. The exact location of the home fire was not given in the report by the Valley Region Fire Authority.

About Fires

The US Fire Administration has recorded 15 home fire fatalities this year within Washington.  Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association have recorded that cooking equipment were the leading cause of home structure fires, home fire injuries, as well as being the second leading case of home fire deaths. Unattended cooking, like the one in this case, is the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties.  These types of fires can be prevented with simple steps and by always using caution when cooking. Flammable liquids and other volatile materials should not be placed near the open fires of cooking equipment. Additionally, it is recommended that any flammable materials should be stored somewhere that is not exposed to heat. Like all other machinery, cooking equipment should be regularly checked and made to undergo maintenance to ensure the safety of anyone using it.

Other risks related to home fire have also been listed by the NFPA. According to the statistics, households that used electrical ranges were said to be at a higher risk for fires and losses compared to households that used gas ranges. While clothing being the first item to be ignited happened in less than 1  percent of cooking fires, it must be noted that clothing ignitions accounted for 15 percent of deaths in these types of fires, which should present the hazards of your clothes catching on fire. Lastly, more than half of non-fatal injuries happened when people tried to control the fire by themselves. There are many dangers associated with fire, and we urge everyone to always stay safe during these types of accidents.

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