MILFORD — The cause of a fire that severely damaged a kitchen at 101 N. Henry St., Milford, Saturday morning, April 8, appears to be accidental. The exact cause is undetermined at this time.
Margarita Criswell, owner of the home, called Milford Fire Department at 10:52 a.m. after she turned on the gas stove and flames erupted from the bottom of the appliance. She immediately turned off the appliance, but the flames continued. The fire quickly spread throughout the kitchen.
Criswell and two of her children were able to escape the home without any injury. A third child was not home at that time.
The first firefighters at the scene found flames coming out of the kitchen window. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen, but heat and smoke damage was sustained to the rest of the house. Milford Fire Chief Brian Haines stated a few spots in the walls and ceilings had to be opened to investigate for any fire.
Kosciusko County Chapter of the American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family with immediate clothing needs. Criswell does have insurance and they are currently staying with family.
Damage was estimated at $30,000.
Plain Township Fire Department was called for a full assist. Firefighters were at the scene until approximately 1:30 p.m.