Kitchen fire causes $20,000 in damage to Green Bay duplex; Red Cross Responds

By Charles Davis • cedavis@greenbaypressgazette.com • August 17, 2010

Cooking oil left on the stove may have led to a kitchen fire Monday at a duplex on the Green Bay’s east side. 

Crews arrived just before 10 a.m. to smoke coming from the single-story duplex at 1712 Amy St., said Battalion Chief Ed Jarosz of the Green Bay Fire Department.

Investigators aren’t sure of the exact cause of the blaze, but do not suspect foul play, said Capt. Chris Heil of the city fire marshal’s office. A ruling on the cause likely will be announced today, Heil said.

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of firefighters’ arrival and appeared to be contained to the kitchen, Jarosz said. No one was injured, but the fire displaced 13 people.

The Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross provided the residents with money for groceries and other essentials, spokeswoman Jody Weyers said. She said the displaced residents all found housing with relatives.

Neither unit in the duplex had working smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors.

“If this had happened in the middle of the night, this could have been a lot worse because of the (lack of) smoke detectors,” Jarosz said.

A family member said cooking oil was left on the stove while some members were asleep.

The property is owned by John and Debra Buckmaster of Oneida and valued at $475,000, according to Brown County land records. The Green Bay Fire Department reported that the fire did at least $20,000 in damage.

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