Courtesy of iBerkshires
By Jack Guerino
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters on Monday night were able to quickly douse a stove fire in a Summer Street apartment, preventing the blaze from spreading through the building.
"There was a fire in the kitchen caused by storage on top of the stove," Fire Chief John Pansecchi said on Tuesday. "It is possible that the stove got turned on accidentally."
The call came in around 9:30 p.m. Pansecchi said the early response was important because the multifamily apartment building is located in a dense neighborhood.
"In a building like that probably in 5-10 minutes, it will spread into the structure. This is an old structure so it is good we could respond quickly," he said. "Buildings in this area are very close together."
He said the occupant was outside of the building when the Fire Department arrived
Pansecchi said extra manpower was called in because of the potential spread, however, upon arrival, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quite quickly.
"The occupant put a little water on it and knocked it down," he said. "We were able to go in there with the water cannon and knock it out."
Pansecchi warned of the dangers of leaving anything on the stovetop.
"I really want to get out, do not store stuff on top of your stove," he said. "It is dangerous, and we see it a lot.
He added that it is also important to maintain fire alarms.