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Kitchen Fires Number One Cause for Structure Fires

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The Yakima Fire Department kicks off National Fire Prevention Week with a fiery demonstration.

NBC Right Now got an inside look from Yakima Fire Captain Tom Schneider. He showed our cameras the proper way to put out a fire with an extinguisher. Schneider tells us, with winter approaching fire safety remains critical, especially in the kitchen.

"Being responsible about this, it can be a very serious issue," Captain Schneider said, "About (being careful) cooking, especially with grease and cooking with things that can combust."

The number one cause of structure fires in Yakima are kitchen fires. Captain Schneider says once a fire has started, try to douse it with an extinguisher but if that doesn't work immediately evacuate to a safe location and call 9-1-1.