This pot of food left unattended in a Ward St. apartment could have caused a more serious fire

This pot of food left unattended in a Ward St. apartment could have caused a more serious fire

Nelson fire department responds to burning pot

A burning pot in a Ward St. apartment this morning brought Nelson Fire and Rescue out.

A burning pot in a Ward St. apartment this morning brought Nelson Fire and Rescue out.

Capt. Jeff Hebert says the call came just before 10:50 a.m. from a business that reported smelling smoke.

They quickly determined the smoke wasn’t coming from the business, but from an apartment several storeys above the caller who reported it.

Once crews got into the apartment, they found a smoke-filled room and a pot of food on the stove with the burner on maximum.

The smoke alarm was connected but not functioning. Early notification to the fire department was a key factor in avoiding a more serious fire loss, Hebert said.

“Year after year, stove/range top burners prove to be the leading cause of residential fires in British Columbia,” he said.

“Nelson Fire and Rescue Services remind everyone to ensure that smoke alarms are working and to never leave a stove top burner unattended while cooking.”