Jan 6, 2013 11:04 AM by Scott Oathout

Cooking fire damages midtown apartment

TUCSON- A midtown apartment caught fire early Sunday morning, after the resident fell asleep while warming up cooking oil.

According to Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker, multiple 9-1-1 calls were placed around 1:45 a.m. Sunday regarding smoke and fire coming from a first floor apartment in the 400 block of East Prince Road.

The first engine arrived four minutes after dispatch and found heavy smoke coming from the apartment.

When firefighters got inside, they found the fire had spread from the stove, up the cabinets and into the ceiling.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in less than five minutes.

After removing the ceiling, TFD used a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots.

The occupant of the residence escaped unharmed and did not need assistance from the Red Cross.

Damage estimates are unknown at this time.


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