Overheated cooking oil in a pan, which sparked into flames, is blamed as the cause of a kitchen fire that left $10,000 in damage to a house at 47 Haven St. in Milford Thursday night, according to the Fire Department.
No one was injured.
Lt. Michael Ballou of the said the homeowner had been cooking, and when the fire sparked up, attempted to extinguish it by putting a lid over the pan. When that didn't work, she moved the pan to the sink, and the flames caught the curtains, then spread to items on the counter, the lower cabinets and a rug.
The woman ran to a neighbor's house to call the Fire Department.
The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Personnel from both stations in Milford responded. When firefighters arrived, smoke was visible from the back of the house, Ballou said. The fire was out and fire officials left within 40 minutes.