Shortly after 5:00 this morning, Casper Fire-EMS units were dispatched to an apartment building located at 1956 Westwood Hill for a report of a structure fire.
Initial reports stated a smoke smell was coming from one of the apartments in the building. Arriving units found an apartment in the building full of smoke.
Units quickly located and extinguished a small fire located on the stove of a lower apartment. The resident of the apartment was not home at the time.
Six units and an investigator from Casper Fire-EMS responded, along with officers from the Casper Police Department, and an ambulance from Wyoming Medical Center. No injuries were reported as of the time of this release.
The apartment sustained damage to the stove and cabinetry, however it was deemed inhabitable. Investigators determined the cause to be accidental activation of the stove while the resident was leaving for work. In departing the apartment, the resident bumped the range’s control knob, inadvertently activating the stove. An alert neighbor then smelled smoke and dialed 911.
Casper Fire-EMS reminds everyone to remain vigilant while preparing food and operating stoves, especially during the upcoming holiday season. In this instance, the damage was limited because the kitchen was kept tidy.