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Common Causes of House Fires

An accidental fire can start with frightening unpredictability, spiral out of control in seconds, and decimate a home in minutes. Home fires endanger everyone in the home, and even small fires that are quickly extinguished often cost thousands of dollars in damage. 

Fire can start in a number of ways but generally fall into one of two categories: fires caused by heat igniting combustible materials and fires caused by chemical reactions. Your home is full of items and materials that can burn under the right conditions.

Identification can help you reduce the chances of a fire breaking out in your home and keep your family and property safer.

Cooking fires

Cooking fires are among the most common types of home fires. Very often they are caused by oils being overheated on a stove or in an oven. Oil is highly flammable when it gets hot enough, and when it gets that hot it can self-ignite even without direct contact with a flame. Once the oil ignites, it is very difficult to put out the flames.