Bellevue fire crews responded Wednesday night to a kitchen fire in an apartment and quickly extinguished it before it spread beyond the room.
The occupant said he left a pan of oil to heat on the stove while he stepped outside for a moment. When he returned, the stovetop was on fire. The fire started at 8:25 p.m. at the Stoneridge Apartments in the 14500 block of Northeast Seventh Place.
The surrounding cabinets and wall were damaged, along with some smoke damage throughout the apartment. There was enough damage that the three occupants were displaced for the night.
Firefighters were able to gain quick access to the apartment and fight the majority of the fire with a dry-chemical extinguisher. A few follow-up blasts with a fire hose finished off the remaining heat.
There were no injuries to firefighters or occupants. There was an estimated $15,000 damage to the room and contents.
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