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Media Release


Thursday, July 18, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


House Fire Ruled Accidental
House Was Unoccupied At Time Of Fire


A house near U.S. 95 and Torrey Pines Drive sustained considerable damage after it caught fire Thursday morning. No one was living in the house at the time. There were no injuries in connection with the incident.

Fire dispatchers received calls at 7:39 a.m. that thick black smoke was coming from a one story wood frame house at 400 N. Torrey Pines Drive.  On arrival firefighters found heavy fire in the kitchen of the house. It first appeared to firefighters that the house was vacant. It was later learned that the house was occupied, but no one has lived in the house since March. The woman who previously lived in the house was in the process of moving back in, but was still not living in it.

Fire investigators determined the fire started on the stove in the kitchen. They cannot rule out that combustible items left on the stove caught fire. The power to the house had been disconnected and was scheduled to be turned on this morning. The woman said she remembered leaving boxed items on the electric stove as she was moving back in.

The fire completely gutted the kitchen and heavily damaged the attic of the house. The rest of the house sustained smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

No one is displaced by the fire as the woman who was moving in said she would stay where she is currently residing.

Fires of this type have occurred several times in the past. People would set boxed items on an electric stove and when the power was connected, if the stove was accidentally in the on position or malfunctioned, it would start those items on fire. Best practice is to never set anything on a stove at any time unless you are cooking and you are attending to the cooking.

E6,44,43,5, T6, R6,44, EMS1, HR44, AR1, B10,4, PIO, 6i1, 6i5, 6i8
Incident: 3185965


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