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Small Kitchen Fire in Sutton Drive Apartment Quickly Contained

The Matawan Borough Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire in an apartment Tuesday morning.

A kitchen fire was quickly brought under control in a Sutton Drive apartment Tuesday morning.

The 911 call came in slightly after 8 a.m.. Matawan Ptl. Chris Stark arrived on the scene and entered the apartment in the "O" building, finding that the apartment was empty except for a Shih Tzu, Lt. Ben Smith said.

Stark brough the Shih Tzu outside as the Matawan Borough Fire Deparment entered the apartment. A fire was found in the kitchen, where a stove burner with a pot on it was left on, Smith said. The fire had begun to spread to the walls, but was brought under control by the fire department by 8:45 a.m.

No one was displaced by the fire.

The Keyport Fire Department and the Aberdeen Fire Department also responded to the scene.

JosephGhabourLaw September 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Those appear to be older apartments, which commonly lack more modern fire suppression and warning systems. A big thank you to the Matawan FD for saving the day!
Tiffany Martin September 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I'm glad this one got taken care of quickly by the fire department. I wanted to recommend a product called Auto-Out. It magnetizes under your rangehood and puts out a grease fire when flame activated without any need for human intervention. You can find them on Amazon.com for about $55.
Paul M September 19, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Left the apt with a burner on? Careless. Or was the dog doing the cooking?

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