NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Emergency crews have extinguished a fire at an apartment complex in North Charleston Wednesday afternoon.
North Charleston Fire Department officials say crews responded to reports of a structure fire at 8750 Fairwinds Drive just before 1:30 p.m.
Arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the front door of a second story apartment. Authorities say crews attacked the fire while other units in the building were evacuated.
NCFD officials say it took less than 10 minutes to extinguish the fire which began in the kitchen.
A press release states initial reports indicate the resident was cooking. The investigation into the specific cause of the fire is underway.
The North Charleston Fire Department released the following information following the fire:
The North Charleston Fire Department would like to remind residents that there are some simple tactics we can use to limit injury and damage due to kitchen fires. Given that cooking accounts for 44% of all reported fires in North Charleston, there are a few steps we can take to limit our risks.
•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. Remember to call 911, first, before attempting to extinguish the fire. If the fire is too big or has been burning for more than 30 seconds, abandon the structure and let firefighters extinguish the fire.
• You may place a cookie sheet over a burning pot or pour copious amounts of baking soda to smother a fire. NEVER pour salt, flour or sugar on a kitchen fire. These things will all burn and actually add fuel to the fire.
NEVER attempt to fight a grease fire with water. As the water converts to steam the molecule sinks deeper into the grease while expanding exponentially. This causes a minivolcanic affect spreading the fire. It can easily injure you and spread the fire at the same time.
Always ensure you have a functioning smoke alarm on each level of the home and outside each sleeping area at a minimum.
Remember you and your family are most important. If you are not ready, willing or able to fight the fire, evacuate the building and let firefighters extinguish the fire.