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Unattended cooking leads to small McHenry fire

McHENRY – A pot of chicken cooking on a stove left unattended on Monday led to a small fire in an apartment at 1307 N. Richmond Road, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District said.

A lot of smoke was coming out of the first-floor apartment when firefighters were called at 4:20 p.m., Lt. David Harwood said.

Police had to shut down Richmond Road for about 25 minutes as crews worked.

The chicken that was cooking on the stove was left unattended for about an hour and 20 minutes, boiled over and led to the small fire, Harwood said.

Firefighters removed the pot and cleared the smoke from the property, Harwood said.

The fire department left the scene shortly before 5 p.m.

No one was hurt, and there was no structural damage. However, there was minor smoke damage, Harwood said.

– Joseph Bustos


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