House fire Thursday in Austin causes $35,000 in damage

Updated: March 27, 2020 06:49 PM
Created: March 27, 2020 01:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Austin Fire Department responded to the 900 block of 13th Avenue NW on Thursday after a 911 call reported a house fire. The call came in at approximately 3:15 p.m. 

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and no one was injured. The fire is estimated to have caused approximately $35,000 in structure and content damages.


An investigation into the cause determined that it was from cooking.

With more people cooking at home due to a ‘Stay at Home’ order issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, the Austin Fire Department wants to remind everyone of important safety tips.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking.  Never leave your oven or stovetop unattended while cooking.  If you do need to leave the oven or stovetop, move the pot or pan to an unused burner and shut the burner you had been using off.
  • Keep your cooking area clean.  Do not leave anything that can catch fire by, on or inside your oven or stovetop, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels.
  • Turn pan or pot handles towards the back of the stovetop.
  •  Keep children and pets away from cooking areas.
  • If you are tired or have consumed alcohol, do not use the oven or stovetop.

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