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Unattended Cooking Causes a Fire on Mill Street

Firefighters rushed to Mill Street last night after a fire started in the kitchen, caused by unattended cooking.

WOODSTOCK - Nobody was injured after a small house fire on Mill Street in Woodstock last night. 

Fire crews rushed to the scene around 10:45, they found smoke coming from the back of the 2 storey house. The fire started in the kitchen and firefighters were able to control it before it caused significant damage to the home. 

No one was present at the time of the fire, and Fire Investigators determined the cause to be unattended cooking. Fire Chief Jeff Slager says this is one of the most common causes of fires in the Friendly City. 

"Unattended cooking is a leading cause of residential fires in Woodstock, which is unfortunate as this type of fire is completely preventable. Never leave anything unattended on the stove and ensure everything is turned off before leaving the kitchen." 

A post-fire inspection of the property determined that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms did not meet Ontario Fire Code requirements. Slager says that charges are pending. 

“Through our public education programs, community partnerships, and social media use, we will continue to remind all home
owners, landlords, and tenants as often as needed for people to understand: Working smoke alarms save lives! Early detection enables early evacuation. We don't want this lesson learned through a preventable fatality in the City of Woodstock.” 

All alarms expire; this includes battery and hardwired smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. Unless otherwise noted in the manufacturer’s instructions, they should be replaced every 10 years.

If you require assistance or have questions please contact our Fire Prevention Division at (519) 537-3412 extension 5203 or you can also get safety information from the Woodstock Fire Department website, accessible from www.cityofwoodstock.ca website.

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