Fire officials issued reminders for preventing and extinguishing cooking-related fires after a kitchen fire caused an estimated $10,000 damage to a south Sacramento County home early this morning.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were called to a home in the 8200 block of Homefield Way, north of Elsie Avenue and east of Power Inn Road, about 1 a.m. and arrived to find a fire in the kitchen. Nine residents were quickly evacuated and firefighters were able to knock down the fire in less than three minutes, according to a Fire Department news release.
The fire was confined to the kitchen and did not extend to the attic. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fire officials said cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires, resulting in more injuries than any other type of fire. They advise residents to never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
In the case of a grease fire, they caution that trying to extinguish it with water will only make it worse. Instead, they advise leaving the pan where you find it, turning off the heat and putting a lid on it. If you can't cover it with a lid, use a fire extinguisher or immediately call 911.