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Unattended food on stoves causes two fires

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Fire units responding to a fire on W. Carlisle. Fire units responding to a fire on W. Carlisle.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two separate kitchen fires caused by food being left unattended on stoves kept firefighters busy and caused minor damage, but no one was injured. 

The fires occurred 90 minutes apart on Friday night. Cooking oil was left unattended on the stove top caused the first fire around 7 p.m. in a four-unit apartment complex at 723 W. Carlisle. 

Fire spread to the cabinets above the stove and some adjacent furnishings. The fire displayed people in two of the apartments in the unit because of damage to the electrical system that made both apartments uninhabitable. Red Cross responded and assisted the displaced people in finding housing for the evening.

A second cooking-related fire broke out at 6109 N. Colton at around 8:30 p.m. in a two-story apartment unit. Fire units contained the second fire to the stovetop and there was no extension to the surrounding area. 

Total damage was estimated at $5,100.

The Spokane Fire Department reminds citizens that leaving unattended items on the stove is a leading cause of house fires.

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