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CHAMPAIGN — Food left on a stove apparently sparked a smoky fire early Tuesday in a northwest Champaign home.

Champaign Fire Battalion Chief Andy Quarnstrom said a resident of the home in the 1900 block of Garden Hills Drive sustained burns from trying to put out a fire and needed treatment at a hospital.

Firefighters were called to the home by one of the residents at 4:22 a.m.

When they pulled up, firefighters saw light smoke coming from the front door of the single-family home, found a fire on the stove and quickly put it out with a fire extinguisher.

A smoke detector alerted the family to the fire and all were able to get out, Quarnstrom said.


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