Cause of kitchen fire still under investigation |

Cause of kitchen fire still under investigation

Paul Shockley

A kitchen fire burned through the floor of a house west of Craig Monday night.

But the fire at 4845 U.S. Highway 40, north of the highway just west of the city limits, did not spread into the two-story house’s basement, said Roy Mason, Craig fire chief, who was first on the scene.

“I didn’t see open flames, but the kitchen was full of smoke,” Mason said.

Craig Fire and Rescue responded to the call at about 6:30 p.m. with two engines and one tanker. The fire was put out within five to 10 minutes of arriving, Mason said.

Mason said he suspects the fire started in a trash can inside the kitchen, but the trash can itself was not recovered.

The cause remains unknown, he said.

A refrigerator and the kitchen’s walls were also heavily damaged. Mason put a conservative damage estimate at $5,000.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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