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Food left on the stove is to blame for fire

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

December 21, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Colquitt County deputy and his family know all too well the sad reality of fire dangers.

Food left unattended on the stove is to blame for an early morning fire that destroyed Deputy Sean Ladson's home on Saturday.

The Ladson family lost everything in the flames but luckily their lives were spared.

Colquitt County fire officials are using the devastating incident as an example to others, especially now when more people will be cooking in the kitchen for the holidays.

"He evidently got up to go to work and put some grease on the stove to make some breakfast, and went back in the living room and fell asleep," said Chief Robert Phelps, Southside Volunteer Fire Department.

The homeowner woke up several minutes later to find the kitchen on fire and smoke filling the three bedroom house.

"He did not make any attempt to stop it he just exited the structure which was very good on his part," said Phelps.

The fire spun flames so intense its started to melt parts on nearby vehicles.

Fire officials say this is a lesson others should learn from.

"One of the things we would really like to stress not just this time of year is for people not to leave the kitchen unattended when you have things cooking on the stove," said Phelps. 

Firefighters say always have a fire extinguisher on hand in the kitchen.

The family is stay with relatives and are waiting on their insurance company to make a settlement before they determine if they need additional assistance.

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