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Kitchen Fire in Brentwood House

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November 07, 2017
Edward Smith


Kitchen Fire in Brentwood House

I’m Ed Smith, a Brentwood personal injury lawyer.  A single-alarm fire caused significant interior damage to a house in Brentwood on Friday, October 27, 2017. The report of the unintentional fire is described below.

ECCFPD to the Rescue

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Friday, October 27th, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) responded to a call regarding an accidental house fire. The crews arrived at the fire site located on 800 block of Dainty Avenue, where they discovered a smoldering blaze enveloping a two-story home.

The house’s tenant returned home after being occupied with various errands when she noticed a substantial amount of smoke that appeared to be coming from the kitchen. She dialed 911, and prior to the firefighters’ arrival, a neighbor who had noticed the fumes decided to grab a nearby garden hose and positioned it facing the front door to spray the flames coming from inside.

According to Battalion Chief Jake Gonzalez, the origin of the blaze started somewhere on or around the microwave oven mounted on the kitchen wall. The tenant reported that the microwave oven had been “acting up” over the last few days. Currently, it is not yet known if the electric appliance started the fire.

The Aftermath: Damage and Injuries

Firefighters were able to remove the microwave oven from the property, inspected the walls for interior damage, and extinguished all leftover hot spots.

Even though the blaze did not go past the kitchen, an excessive amount of heat and smoke did make its way to a few of the bedrooms upstairs. Battalion Chief Gonzalez stated that approximately 30 percent of the home had been damaged.

Thankfully, all four people living at the home were unharmed. The American Red Cross stepped in to ensure that they would have access to a safe, temporary shelter.

Using a Fire Extinguisher for a Kitchen Fire

When it comes to house fires, it is always better to be safe than sorry – every kitchen should be supplied with a fire extinguisher! Make sure to purchase one that is safe for use on any type of fire, a Class B or C extinguisher. If a fire unexpectedly starts, you should become accustomed to these few tips that could mean the difference between safety and severe burn injuries:

  • Firstly, get rid of the pin on the fire extinguisher
  • Second, ensure that you point the extinguisher towards the base of the fire
  • Third, press down on the lever of the fire extinguisher while gripping it by the handle
  • Lastly, spray in a back-and-forth horizontal motion.

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