Quick action halts Douglas kitchen fire

When a pot caught fire inside a Douglas apartment Sunday night, a bystander quickly took it outside and helped prevent further damage.

Capital City Fire/Rescue received a call Sunday at 7:15 p.m. alerting them to smoke coming from Orca Point, an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Crow Hill Drive, according to an incident report posted online by Assistant Chief Ed Quinto.

When the CCFR crew arrived on the scene flames were not visible in or around the apartment, only smoke and soot. The fire crew ventilated the apartment and the family of five inside the unit was able to safely return.

According to the incident report, a mini fire extinguisher, or firestop, was used to stop the rest of the fire after the pot was removed. No injuries were reported.

Quinto estimated in his report that the damage will cost $250, which he noted is marginal compared to the estimated $3.2 million in damage that could have occurred in the 16-unit complex.

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