A Pleasanton police officer had pulled over a motorist on a traffic stop Wednesday night when he saw smoke coming from a small home across the street at 240 Kottinger Dr.
The officer notified the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department while he ran over to check the house. A smoke alarm was beeping but no one was at home. He later learned the owners had gone for a short walk, leaving their dinner cooking on the stove.
Pleasanton Weekly photographer Jay Flachsbarth, who went to the scene, said firefighters arrived within 3 minutes and quickly extinguished the small blaze. No one was hurt and there was only minor smoke damage to the residence.