The Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a reported structure fire on Brittain Drive. The call came in at 8:50 pm on Sunday night, September 24, 2017 from the resident of the home. Everyone was out of the house as the fire department arrived within minutes to find smoke coming from the house and the resident standing with a neighbor in the front yard. Lt. R. Triplett of the Morganton Public Safety Department said that the fire began in the kitchen at the cooking stove when hot grease ignited, quickly spreading to the ceiling and into the attic through a vent fan. The smoke detector in the home alerted the resident, who called 911.
The fire was contained to the kitchen and a small section of the attic. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the structure, but the resident could not stay in the house for the evening. The American Red Cross responded to assist with temporary living arrangements. Lt. Triplett credited the functioning smoke detector and quick notification for allowing the fire department units to arrive in time to catch the fire before it grew any bigger.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety wants everyone to remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year unless the detectors are of the 10 year sealed type. The upcoming change to Eastern Standard Time in November will be a good time to change the batteries. All smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be replaced every 10 years, regardless of type.