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Firefighters warn about rash of kitchen fires

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany Firefighters are urging parents to teach their children fire safety in the kitchen after a recent rash of cooking fires.

There've been 11 kitchen fires so far in August. Several of them involved kids who were preparing food after getting home from school.

A 15 year old started at fire at this home on Antioch Road Tuesday afternoon, causing $10,000 damage.

Firefighters say usually fires start because the food is forgotten.  Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief Sebon Burns said "Whatever your age is, the chances of having a fire if you leave the kitchen area is the leading cause."

Another tip to prevent fires or burns, turn your pot handles inward so that you don't overturn them, and keep rags and paper products away from the stove.

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