A pot left on the stove Thursday evening could have had a direr outcome than burnt food.
The Nelson Fire Department responded to Mountain Lakes assisted living facility at 6:05 p.m. in response to a smoke alarm.
Facility staff reported the cause was from burnt food left on the stove element. The pot had been removed from the stove and no fire broke out.
Upon arrival, the fire crew ensured the safety of residents and proceeded to ventilate the room affected by smoke and smell of burnt food.
There were no injuries or damage to the facility.
“The Nelson Fire Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to ensure you have a working smoke alarm and make sure you are present when using the stove,” said Capt. Bob Patton in a news release. “Had there not been a working smoke alarm that apprised staff, the outcome may have been different.”