November 13 2019

Burlington Firefighters Respond to Kitchen Fire at Hallmark Gardens Condo

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire in a condo that, thanks to the quick thinking of a resident, was mostly extinguished upon arrival. 


Interim Chief Michael Patterson said a call came in from an alarm company at 11:12 a.m. on Wednesday that there was a fire alarm going off at 3 Hallmark Gardens. The Engine 2 crew was first to respond and while en route the department received a second call, this one from someone at the complex, saying that smoke was visible. When crews arrived they also saw smoke coming from a window of a second-story unit. 


“They immediately investigated and what they found was the fire was out on arrival,” Patterson said. “A resident of the building, not the occupant of the tenant, ended up going into the unit and using a fire extinguisher. Basically extinguished the main body of fire.” 


Patterson said firefighters checked the kitchen, including using a thermal imaging camera, to check for any fire extensions but did not find any.


“We make sure there are no hidden pockets of fire that aren’t visible to the eye,” Patterson explained. “Make sure there are no hot spots or anything smoldering or getting into electrical fixtures - that didn’t happen.”


The unit will likely be uninhabitable until the kitchen is cleaned up and repaired. There was minimal smoke and water damage but the area around the stove and the cabinets above them were destroyed.  


Patterson said the cause of the fire is under investigation.



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