The Spring Valley Fire Department responded to a grease fire at 2 p.m. on Sunday at 10 Janie Ave #7, Spring Valley. The fire department arrived with two engines and Ladd responded with one engine and five firefighters as part of the mutual aid agreement. The Spring Valley Police Department also assisted on the call.
Fire Chief Todd Bogatitus said when he arrived on the scene he was approached by Kathleen Bebej, 66, who had burns on her hand and said her residence was on fire. Bebej said she had tried to carry the pan which was on fire out of house when she burnt her hand. Bogatitus called the 10-33 ambulance to transport Bebej to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. Bebej was treated and released and in stable condition.
Bogatitus said the fire was small, but smoke filled the house. However, it was contained to the unit and the other residents were not evacuated. The stove and hood where damaged and there were burn spots on the carpet.
Bogatitus wanted to remind residents grease fires are dangerous and no one should try to put one out with water or take it out of house, but remove it from the heat source and smother.
“The best way to put out a grease fire is to smother it, never use water,” said Bogatitus.