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No injuries reported in house fire on East Monticello

Photo by Donna Campbell/A member of the Brookhaven Fire Department work Monday to put out a fire at a home on East Monticello Street Monday morning.

Photo by Donna Campbell/A member of the Brookhaven Fire Department work Monday to put out a fire at a home on East Monticello Street Monday morning.

A fire Monday that may have started in the kitchen of an East Monticello Street home could have been a lot worse had it not been for the quick action of the Brookhaven Fire Department.

Three fire trucks responded to the 911 call of a house on fire at 1000 E. Monticello St. and firefighters found the home on fire with thick smoke billowing out of the front windows and back windows as well as the attic. The back corner of the house was on fire in the kitchen and dining area.

Shift Capt. Buddy Thibodeax said the cause of the fire is undetermined. Fortunately, no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, he said.

“There was heavy smoke throughout the home,” he said.

Firefighters on the scene were able to contain the fire, and a pressure fan was used to blow the smoke from the home. Thibodeaux estimated that roughly 40 percent of the home and 20 percent of the contents were damaged by fire, smoke and water.

Thibodeaux said firefighters shut off power and gas to the home, and were able to leave the scene by 11:39 a.m.

“If we can get in there quick, we can knock it down if it doesn’t get too far out of hand,” he said.