Residents escape apartment during kitchen fire

Residents escape apartment during kitchen fire

The Spokane Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire in a basement apartment of the 1000 block of E. Dalton Avenue Monday morning.

Two people, an adult and a child, were inside the home at the time of the fire, and escaped without injuries. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

The American Red Cross responded to assist the residents.

The fire caused damage to the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the apartment.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department’s Special Investigation Unit.

The Spokane Fire Department issued the following safety tips for the kitchen:
-Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
-Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
-If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
-Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire:
-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 try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
-Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
-For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.