Photo courtesy Appleton Fire Department

APPLETON — A family of four and their dog have been displaced from their home after a fire shortly after noon Wednesday.

Investigators say the fire likely was caused by storage on the cook top that started on fire, according to a news release.

The Appleton Fire Department was sent shortly after noon Wednesday to a residential garage fire in the 2600 block of
S. Kernan Avenue in Appleton after a passerby saw smoke coming from the house.

When they arrived, the first fire crew found smoke coming from roof line and windows of the house.

Fire crews then found a fire in the kitchen and worked quickly to extinguish it; bringing it under control within 15 minutes.

A dog was rescued from the house and appeared uninjured.

There was no one home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Two adults, two children, and one dog were displaced due to the fire.

The fire is believed to be a result of combustible storage on a glass top stove. Damage to the building and contents is estimated at $130,000.


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The Appleton Fire Department was assisted by the Appleton Police Department and Neenah Menasha Fire Rescue at the scene.

The Appleton Fire Department reminds residents to never store items on top of or near stoves. Knobs can easily be turned inadvertently, which will cause a fire.

For more information on kitchen safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association site on cooking safety:
https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-firecauses/Cooking.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.