Stove was on, nobody was home
Keep looking when cooking. The North Glengarry Fire Department has been compelled to issue that reminder after responding to a fire in Laggan last week, to find the stove was on, but nobody was home.
January 30, firefighters were dispatched to the home after the homeowner’s fire detection system sent out an alert that smoke had been detected in the building.
“When our firefighters arrived on the scene, they could detect smoke in the house. They broke down the door and traced the smoke to the kitchen,” said North Glengarry Fire Chief Patrick Gauthier.
No one was home but something had been left cooking on the stove.
While the fire had spread into the wall behind the stove, “There was minimal damage in this case, because we got lucky and we got there early,” the fire chief said. “The alarm saved that house, because without it, the fire may not have been reported before flames were seen shooting from the building.”
The fire department stresses that people need to “keep looking when you’re cooking” and to never leave a stove, cooking element or barbecue unattended.
Across Canada careless cooking remains the leading cause of residential blazes, accounting for 18 per cent of incidents, according to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.
Faulty wiring was the number two problem, representing the cause of nine per cent of fires reported between 2011 and 2015.
Blazes are also sparked by heating and/ cooling systems, cigarettes, appliances, open flame tools, and candles.
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