Woman escapes home after oven catches fire

Sunday, March 2, 2008 | 7:05 p.m. CST; updated 11:08 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — A Fulton woman escaped safely after a fire broke out in her home late Saturday, according to a press release from the Fulton Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at 804 Grand Ave. around midnight and, upon arriving, found heavy smoke coming from the kitchen, according to the release. They were able to control the fire within a few minutes.

Department investigators determined the fire was caused by the oven.

Fire Capt. Vicki Schulte said the woman had turned on her oven for overnight cleaning without checking whether anything was inside. The heat from the cleaning mode along with the pots and pans that had been left inside started the fire, she said.

“That temperature can get up to 800 degrees,” Schulte said.

The woman and her pets escaped the home without injury, according to the release.

Firefighters found no working smoke detectors in the home and replaced the batteries in the detectors before leaving, according to the release.

Schulte said many Fulton homes may have smoke detectors that don’t work because the residents don’t replace the batteries. The Fire Department has found this to be a problem in many of the fires reported, she said.

“More than 80 percent of residences do not have a working smoke detector,” Schulte said, citing a study conducted by the Fire Department in 2006.

Damage from the fire is estimated to be around $4,000, according to the release.

This is the third structure fire in Fulton in the past two weeks. A fire at a home Friday morning left a resident and three firefighters injured. A garage fire on Feb. 23 resulted in the death of a resident of the house.

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