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A lot of smoke but no fire at Main Street restaurant yesterday

Case of the pot being left on the stove too long

Sometimes when there's smoke, there's actually not a fire. That was the case Tuesday morning around 5:40 a.m., when a kitchen fire at Pho Saigon in the 800 block of Main Street was called in to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

"We did not have an actual kitchen fire," said Battalion Chief Barry Rose. "We ended up having a pot that was left on the stove too long."

A burner under the pot had apparently been left on overnight, boiling the contents way and producing lots of smoke, but no fire and no damage. Rose said the restaurant should be able to open as normal today, although it was boarded up and closed late this morning.

Firefighters responded to the scene at about 5:40 a.m. and cleared by 6:30.

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Posted by Better Safe Than Sorry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

It could happen to you!
Unattended cooking is one of the chief causes of home and apartment fires, just counting "real" fires the the Fire Department has to put out.
It accounts for about 1/3 or the residential fires. Typical damage for such a kitchen fire is about $14,000 for unsprinklered buildings, and about $4,000 for those with fire sprinklers.
It is easy to leave the room "just for a moment" to answer the phone, or respond to a kid or a doorbell. Be very careful. Turn off the heat while you are gone, or get right back. A burned out kitchen and a smoke filled home would not be very festive!


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