BEND, OR -- A pot of food left cooking on the stove is blamed for an apartment fire in Bend, Tuesday morning. Bend Fire crews responded to the apartment complex at NE 4th and Norton Ave. just after 10 a.m. and found the apartment unoccupied and full of smoke. The building was evacuated and crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
Bend fire says a passing delivery driver heard the smoke alarms, saw smoke through the windows and called 911. The resident apparently left for work with the pot still on the hot stove. Most of the clothing and contents in that apartment are considered a loss, due to extensive smoke damage.