St. Catharines kitchen fire causes $75,000 damage

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestDeputy Fire Chief Frank Biancucci urges residents to make sure they protect themselves and their families with working smoke alarms after an early-morning kitchen fire on Monday, Dec. 11/2017.

St. Catharines firefighters responded to reports of a kitchen fire at 22 Stanmary Dr. at 7 a.m. The deputy fire chief said crews extinguished the fire quickly and fire investigators determined the cause to be unattended cooking. There were no injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damage. During the investigation into the fire it was determined the home was missing working smoke alarms. The Ontario Fire Code requires all homes to have working smoke alarms on every level and outside sleeping areas and working carbon monoxide alarms as applicable.

“We urge residents to stay fire-safe over the holidays by making sure they have working smoke alarms and working carbon monoxide alarms,” said Biancucci. “Working smoke alarms are proven to save lives and are required by law.”

The deputy fire chief also advises cooking fires are one of the leading causes of fires in Ontario and reminds residents to never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen area, he urges you to turn off the stove or take a pot holder or spatula as a reminder of the cooking. Always keep dish towels, pot holders and other combustibles away from the stove burners, he said.

As part of St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Service’s Alarmed for Life awareness program, firefighters began going door-to-door earlier this month to discuss fire safety, offer home safety checks and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, and will continue to do so this upcoming Saturday afternoon.

Residents who don’t receive a visit from firefighters but want to discuss smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, home fire safety or have other questions can call 905.688.5601 ext. 4224. More home fire safety tips are listed online at

Source – City of St. Catharines press release



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