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News Release
Credit Bend Fire
Credit Bend Fire
Cooking fire stopped by fire sprinklers 9-17-22 (Photo) - 09/17/22

Bend Fire Department responded to a fire this evening at the Legacy Landings Apartment building on Tucson Way. Crews arrived to find a fire in the kitchen of a 3rd floor apartment. Majority of the residents had already evacuated the building prior to our arrival. The fire had been controlled by the fire sprinkler system in the building. Crews worked to stop the water and clear the smoke from the building. Building contains 60 apartments on the upper 3 floors and houses a Mosaic Medical Clinic on the ground floor. There was water damage found in the clinic as well but shouldn’t keep the business from opening for regular business on Monday. Damages are estimated at $50,000. 

Due to the water and smoke damage, 5 apartments have been displaced until the clean up can be completed. Red Cross arrived and were helping the 6 occupants find hotel rooms for the night. All other occupants were able to safely return to their apartments. The fire sprinkler and alarm systems were restored to ensure the building was safe for occupancy after the incident. Restoration company is on scene to start the clean up process. 

The fire sprinkler system stopped the fire quickly and helped keep the damage to a minimum. With the fire stopped before it could spread out of the kitchen, the amount of smoke in the building was kept to a minimum and allowed the occupants to evacuated safely. 

Bend Fire Department reminds everyone to keep a watchful eye on anything you’re cooking. Cooking fires are leading cause of home fires in the country. By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

Cook with Caution

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove top.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove and oven.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food, check it regularly; remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Unattended cooking is leading cause of cooking fires in America.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mits, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains – away from the cook top.

If You Have a Cooking Fire…

  • Get out and Stay out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Turn off the stove and oven when you leave if you can do it safely. 
  • Ensure everyone else in the home is evacuating as well. 
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and calling 911 for you. Ensure you have a clear way out too.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it’s completely cooled!
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. 

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