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Pot of oil causes $40,000 fire damage to Madison home

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Fire officials are reminding the public of the importance of kitchen safety after a pot of oil caused a fire at a Madison home.

A Madison fire spokesperson says smoke was coming from a window when firefighters arrived at the house on Richard Street around 2 p.m. Monday. Once inside, crews found heavy smoke and a fire around the stove and kitchen cabinets. It was put out quickly.

Crews found a resident had put a pot of oil on the stove, left the kitchen for a short time and when he returned he heard alarms and found the kitchen was full of smoke.

Officials say the man called 911 but did not follow dispatcher orders to stay out of the house, instead going back in to open windows, use a fire extinguisher and attempt to retrieve three cats. Firefighters were able to get the cats out when they arrived. One was taken to a veterinarian.

Fire damage is estimated at $25,000 and contents at $15,000. No one was hurt at the scene.

Fire officials say when cooking, you should never leave the kitchen and always have a lid close by an open pan. When cooking with oil, use a sturdy pot with thick walls and do not reuse the oil because it can become unstable and flammable.

Click here to read more about cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

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