Feb 21, 2013 3:03 PM by Brian White

Cooking oil ignites, burns southside home

TUCSON - An unattended kitchen caused a southside house fire Thursday morning.

A woman was heating oil -- at her home in the 1000 block of East 41st Street-- to cook french fries and stepped away. The woman's daughters smelled something burning. They then realized the house was burning and got out of the house.

The woman's husband came home and used an outside hose in an attempt to put out the fire, Tucson Fire Department spokesman Barrett Baker said.

Crews responded and were able to extinguish the blaze in about 7 minutes, Baker said. Eight units and 21 firefighters responded. No one was injured. The estimated damage to the home was $10,000.

Baker says this is the second fire this week caused by cooking oil and reminds those who are cooking to never leave the stove unattended.


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