Neighbors hearing the smoke alarms blaring at a southwest Redmond home on Thursday called 911 and allowed firefighters to save the structure from possibly significant damage, officials said.
The neighbors of the family at 2935 SW Deschutes Drive called Deschutes County 911 dispatchers around 9:15 a.m. to say they heard the smoke alarms, said Fire Marshal Traci Cooper.
Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the home, so the fire-alarm call was quickly upgraded to a working structure fire and more crews were dispatched.
The first firefighters on scene gained access and learned a pan with a spatula had been left heating on the stove, Cooper said.
More units were canceled, and the on-scene crew set up fans to clear the home, whose residents were away, the fire marshal said.
Without the working smoke alarms, Cooper said, “the outcome would have been significantly different.” She reminded everyone to test your smoke alarms at least once a month.