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Cooking fire leaves family of seven homeless

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chattanooga firefighters responded to a house fire Monday evening with smoke the could be seen from several blocks away.  When firefighters arrived they found the family  of two adults and five children safely outside.  Crews were able to quickly contain the flames to the kitchen. No injuries were reported.

The family told firefighters one of the children was cooking French fries and had left the stove unattended.  When the grease in the pan ignited, someone threw some water on it in an attempt to put out the fire, which made it worse.

The dollar loss estimated at around $1,000.

The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.

Here are some safety tips from the Chattanooga Fire Department related to cooking fires:

  • When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not try to move the pan, and NEVER try to put out a grease fire with water. It can make the fire even worse and cause serious injury or death.. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.
  • After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.
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