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Kitchen fire causes $40,000 damage to City of Tonawanda home

A kitchen fire caused $40,000 in damage Wednesday morning to a home in the City of Tonawanda, authorities said.

Firefighters were called at 10:03 a.m. to 248 Morgan Street where they found the kitchen portion of the home fully inflamed, fire officials said.

An occupant of the home told firefighters she was awakened by the smell of smoke and immediately exited the home, but returned to retrieve her purse and suffered minor burns to her forearm and hand.

“No one should ever attempt to reenter a burning building once they get out as this is a very dangerous practice,” Tonawanda Fire Capt. Pat McNulty said. “Many people are killed and or injured as a result of this type of practice.”

Firefighters took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control and were assisted at the scene by the Sheridan Park Fire Company, Asst. Chief Joseph Bacon said.

Investigators have ruled that the fire originated from a stove in the kitchen and are continuing to investigate the cause.