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Small house fire quickly contained

POSTED: April 21, 2010 11:18 a.m.
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Smoke billows out of the rafters of a home in the Arlington Park subdivision Monday afternoon as Hinesville firefighters gear up to battle a small kitchen blaze. The fire was contained within 10 minutes.

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It took firefighters from Hinesville’s stations one and two only 10 minutes to extinguish a small house fire in the Arlington Park subdivision Monday afternoon.
According to Public Affairs Officer Kristian Johanson, three units were sent to the little blaze when one of their own firefighters noticed something was amiss just after 2:15 p.m.
“Actually, it wasn’t even a call,” Johanson said. “We had guys out doing public safety education. They were going in to install a smoke detector, and one of our guys smelled smoke and circled back around and our own guys spotted the smoke coming from the house and called it in.”
A neighbor also spotted the smoke and called 911 and the homeowner.
The PAO and fire investigator Rick Perryman said the fire appeared to be accidental.
“There was a pot left on the stove and the stove was on,” Johanson said. “Whatever was in the pot ignited and caught the cabinets on fire.”
Johanson said the fire reached the attic, requiring firefighters to crawl into the area and extinguish those flames as well.
“Everything was under control in 10 minutes,” Johanson said. “There are no injuries. No one was in the house at the time of the fire.”
The homeowner was on scene but declined to comment.
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