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Albany kitchen fire spread quickly

September 15, 2005

Albany -- An Albany woman says she could not believe how fast a grease fire on her stove last night spread across her kitchen.

 The fire broke out at Thelma and Sheldon Johnson's Gateway Avenue home in Northwest Albany about 11 last night. Their 13-year-old daughter was cooking some food and turned on the wrong eye of the stove. That ignited grease in another pan, and the fire quickly spread.

 Thelma Johnson said "I always thought that I would be calm. I would know what to do. I would be able to grab a fire extinguisher and put it out. But you don't think that rationally. The fire is just powerful. It moves so fast."

The cleanup of the Johnson's home is already underway. Their kitchen has a lot of fire damage, and the rest of the home has smoke damage.

The fire department estimated the damage at more than 30-thousand dollars.

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