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Woman safe after kitchen fire


Woman safe after kitchen fire

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Woman safe after kitchen fire
News from Alton Telegraph:

March 27. 2014 7:03PM

ALTON — A woman and her dog escaped injury Thursday when an apparent electrical panel malfunction ignited her built-in, oven-microwave set and surrounding kitchen cabinetry.

The resident discovered the fire shortly before noon after a smoke alarm had sounded in the blond brick, ranch house at 1102 Rock Springs Drive.

“She saw flames and ran out,” said Battalion Chief Brad Sweetman of the Alton Fire Department. The woman called 911 at 11:50 a.m., reporting an “oven fire.”

Firefighters saw smoke when they arrived at the 1,141-square-foot house, then hooked up a handline when they saw that the fire was not just inside an oven.

“It went up to the cabinets and started to go across the kitchen ceiling,” Sweetman said.

Firefighters contained the flames to the kitchen and extinguished them within minutes. They then removed the dual unit, a microwave oven on top and an oven below, and took it curbside.

Firefighters were at the scene less than an hour.

Sweetman said the house, though, has smoke damage throughout.

He said the woman was alone and not using either oven at time of the fire.

“It started in the area of the built-in microwave,” he said. “It appeared to come from the electrical control panel on the microwave.”

According to Alton Township Assessor’s Office records, the hous…………… continues on Alton Telegraph

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