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Unattended pan of oil left on stove causes Lebanon kitchen fire

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Courtesy: Lebanon Fire District Courtesy: Lebanon Fire District
Courtesy: Lebanon Fire District Courtesy: Lebanon Fire District
LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

Fire officials said an unattended pan of oil left on the stove top led to a fire in a Lebanon home early Saturday morning.

Lebanon firefighters responded to the fire on Morton Street just before 3 a.m.

A man living in the home told firefighters he was planning to fry some potatoes and left the kitchen. He said he may have fallen asleep in a nearby room.

When he woke up, the hot oil had boiled over onto the stove top and began to consume the vent hood and cabinets above the range.

Lebanon police heard the call and also responded, arriving just before fire crews.

When police arrived, everyone in the home had evacuated according to the Lebanon Fire District.

The homeowner took the pan from the stove to the front lawn, but the range top continued to burn.

Officers were able to use a fire extinguisher to knock down the fire according to the Lebanon Fire District.

Firefighters then arrived and used a thermal imaging camera to check for extension of fire into cabinet and wall spaces.

According to the Lebanon Fire District, there were smoke detectors in the house, but were not operable and had their batteries disconnected.

Firefighters installed and tested new smoke detectors in the home before leaving.

“This family is very fortunate that tonight's situation didn't end with a death or serious injury," said Division Chief Jason Bolen. "It's crucial for people to test their smoke detector batteries and function at least every 6 months and replace the detector after its 10-year lifespan."

He also stressed the importance of never leaving the stove unattended when in use.

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