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NIAGARA FALLS – Investigators said a kitchen fire caused $30,000 in damages to two-story home on LaSalle Avenue early Wednesday morning.

City fire crews responded at 4:26 a.m. to 1137 LaSalle Avenue and were able to bring the fire under control in about two hours, according to Niagara Falls Fire Prevention Chief Daniel M. Ciszek. He said the fire was contained to the kitchen although there was smoke damage to the upstairs.

Both the owner of the house, Celia M. Esteireiro, 37, and her boyfriend, Joseph Williams, were able to escape without injury.

Williams, who had been cooking, told fire investigators he heard something, turned around and saw the stove was on fire, then knocked the pan off the stove and onto the counter, further spreading the fire.

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