Firefighters extinguish fire caused by food left cooking on stove

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 4, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP —The Shelby Township Fire Department was called to an apartment complex in the 51000 block of Mound Road, north of 23 Mile Road, for smoke coming from an apartment window Aug. 18.

Fire crews were dispatched to Ponderosa Apartments at 6:32 p.m. Fire crews reportedly arrived at 6:35 p.m. and began attempting to extinguish the fire.

John McCoy, the assistant fire chief of the Shelby Township Fire Department, said that no one was in the apartment at the time of the call and no injuries were reported.

“We had a person that had left his home and left food cooking on the stove, causing a fire with minimal damage and no injuries last week,” said McCoy.

One fire crew began evacuation of the apartment building, while a second fire crew had to use forcible entry to gain access to the apartment. Once the fire crew gained entry, firefighters discovered a pot of food on the stove that was burning and unattended, and the fire crew extinguished the fire. The initial cause was determined as careless cooking, and the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Prevention Division, according to the Fire Department.

The fire was reported to be under control at 6:40 p.m., and all fire crews cleared the scene at 7:05 p.m.

McCoy said that when leaving your home, you should always take the time to look around and make sure that everything is turned off.

“Before leaving your home, take a few seconds to make sure your stove is turned off, toaster and coffee maker are turned off or unplugged, curling iron unplugged, clothes dryer is turned off, and finally any candles are not left burning. It only takes several minutes for a fire to increase in size and cause you to lose your home or apartment to a fire,” he said.

McCoy said just taking a little extra time can make a huge difference.

“Those few extra seconds can save not only you from losing your personal property and belongings; your fire may cause loss and grief for neighbors, as well, so be proactive and fire safe,” he said.