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Three residential fires over the past 24 hours have been caused by cooking mishaps and Prince George’s County fire officials are using the opportunity to alert area residents to the importance of kitchen safety.

Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a house fire broke out at a single family home in the 12400 block of Poplar View Drive in Glenn Dale. No injuries were reported and fire damages are estimated at $10,000.

Another single family house fire broke out in the 7400 block of Jefferson Street in Lanham Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported and there was an estimated $10,000 in damages.

Around 11 p.m. Friday, a single family house fire broke out in the 4900 block of Temple Hill Road in Temple Hills. No one was injured and $25,000 in damages was estimated.

Fire investigators determined all three were caused by unattended cooking.

Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, said cooking accidents are the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries in Prince George’s County.

“Apparently, it’s time for a reminder. It’s an awareness effort, to remind our citizens that cooking can be dangerous, and can be deadly,” he said. “It’s so easy nowadays to have so many distractions.”

Brady said fire officials are urging residents to use safe practices when cooking, including not leaving a stove or oven on if needing to leave the kitchen.

Brady also said it is “extremely dangerous” to cook late at night due to tiredness or possibility of alcohol consumption.

djgross@gazette.net