NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston Fire Department is offering safety reminders to avoid kitchen fires after responding to multiple calls over the past 24 hours.
Officials say firefighters have responded to reports of three fires - two of which started in the kitchen - since Wednesday morning.
Authorities were called out to a fire at Zaxby's on Rivers Avenue yesterday just after 10:30 a.m. due to a fire in the kitchen area. The fire was contained to the cooking area, and no injuries were reported.
A second call involving a kitchen fire sent crews to a home in the 7700 block of Midwood Street around 4:15 Wednesday afternoon. Despite no injuries being reported, a family of a four was displaced by the blaze.
Officials are still investigating the cause of an early morning fire at Señor Tequila on Dorchester Road. Firefighters arrived on the scene around 2:15 a.m. to find smoke coming from the restaurant. The restaurant reportedly suffered significant damage, and the adjacent buildings at the strip mall received smoke damage. Authorities say one firefighter was treated for a heat-related injury.
The North Charleston Fire Department offers the following tips to avoid kitchen fires:
- Watch what you heat, meaning stay in the kitchen while you are cooking and pay attention to what is heating on the stove weather it be frying, grilling, or broiling. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
- Keep everything that can catch fire-- oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains--away from the stovetop.
- Keep a fire extinguisher, cookie sheet or lid handy in case a fire does break out.
- NEVER attempt to fight a grease fire with water. This causes a mini-volcanic affect spreading the fire.