At 2:27 p.m. on Monday, two units of the Payette Fire Department responded to the scene of a residential fire at 504 N. 9th Street. According to Fire Chief Steve Castenada, the blaze started in the kitchen as a stovetop grease fire.
“It spread thru out the kitchen when the occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with water,” wrote Castenada in an email Tuesday.
He said the kitchen was a total loss but reported there were no injuries to the occupant or fire personnel. He added that the department has responded has responded to approximately eight grease fires to the best of his knowledge.
To help the public understand how to avoid spreading grease fires, Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician William Hewitt shared expertise on the subject.
“In general, adding water to a grease fire only spreads the flames and increases the surface area where the grease spreads to and thus further increases the spread of the fire,” said Hewitt. “Basic chemistry shows us that oil floats on water.