Unattended cooking fire damages duplex

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 5:51 p.m. CDT; updated 11:49 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

COLUMBIA — An unattended cooking fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damages to a west Columbia duplex Wednesday afternoon, Columbia Fire Department Capt. Rick Douglas said.

The resident of the duplex, Kela Williams, had put a pot of water on the stove to boil and accidentally turned on a burner that held a pot of cooking oil instead, Douglas said.

After going out to the porch, Williams noticed the fire. By that time, the fire was out of control, and when the fire department arrived shortly after 2:30 p.m., flames and smoke were coming from the duplex’s front door, Douglas said.

The fire destroyed all of the kitchen’s appliances, cabinets, wiring behind the walls and damaged the drywall, Douglas said. Smoke damage also occurred throughout Williams’ unit, Douglas said.

“She’s going to have to gut the whole kitchen,” Douglas said. “It’s going to be a mess.”

The fire was contained to one unit, and no one else was home at the time of the fire. Williams was not injured.

According to the department’s press release, cooking accidents are one of the nation’s leading causes of residential fires.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.